Josh McDaniels is going to Sin City.
The Patriots’ longtime offensive coordinator, 45, has struck a deal to become the new head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders. according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
McDaniels, who was the head coach of the Broncos from 2009-10, won’t be the only Patriot heading west. Dave Ziegler, New England’s director of players’ personnel, has been hired as Las Vegas’ new general manager, the team announced.
Ziegler and McDaniels also worked together in Denver.
The Raiders have endured a series of changes in recent months, starting in October with the departure of head coach Jon Gruden. Gruden resigned after he was revealed to have used homophobic, racist and misogynistic language in emails while he was an analyst for ‘Monday Night Football’.
Rich Bisaccia was named interim head coach in the wake of Gruden’s departure, leading the team to a playoff berth. Following the team’s wildcard loss to the Bengals earlier this month, the Raiders announced they had fired general manager Mike Mayock, who was initially hired in 2018.
McDaniels, who famously turned down the Colts in 2018 to return to New England, also made it to the wildcard round this year. The Patriots were then destroyed by the Bills, their AFC East rival.