The case for Raiders HC Josh McDaniels as the worst ever
Although Josh McDaniels wasn't nearly as controversial off the field as Urban Meyer, he was pretty bad in his own way. The Las Vegas Raiders should've known better though. He became the head coach of the Denver Broncos in the late 2010s. He came crashing down in just his second season and didn't return for a third.
McDaniels spent most of the 2010s as the offensive coordinator for the New England Patriots. In 2018, he was offered the head coaching job with the Indianapolis Colts and accepted. However, he left them hanging at the last minute. McDaniels stayed put with the Pats until he got hired by the Las Vegas Raiders in 2022. He took over a team that had made the playoffs the year before, so he might've probably thought he would be able to pull off the feat again.
What McDaniels failed to see was that the Raiders made the playoffs in 2021 thanks to a streak of luck to end the year, which led him and Dave Ziegler to vastly overestimate the state of the team they inherited. Instead of replenishing à roster that the previous regime left devoid of talent and depth, they made a couple of splash moves thinking they could contend in 2022. Their approach blew up in their face, as Las Vegas went 6-11.
Add McDaniels' poor skills to manage all phases of the game, his lack of accountability, and his ability to consistently alienate his best players and it's easy to see why Raiders owner Mark Davis decided to pull the plug on him. In 2024, Las Vegas will look for their third head coach (not counting interim Rich Bisaccia) in three years.