Davante Adams wants Antonio Pierce to remain Raiders head coach: ‘That’s my vote’


The Las Vegas Raiders will conduct a head coaching search heading into the offseason.

And a Raiders star wants interim coach Antonio Pierce to keep the job.

Davante Adams spoke to the media on Wednesday, endorsing Pierce and adding that others in the locker room support him.

“Obviously that’s what I wanted, that’s my vote, and I’ve expressed my opinion on it,” Adams said. “That’s basically how the entire locker room feels, and rightly so. He’s come in and done a great job. He’s continued to beat us.

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Interim head coach Antonio Pierce of the Las Vegas Raiders greets receiver Davante Adams (17) as he runs off the field after a touchdown in the first quarter of a game against the New York Giants at Allegiant Stadium on November 5, 2023 In Las Vegas. Vegas. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

“It’s not just the comfortable thing. I think having AP here will be good for this organization. He embodies what it means to be a Raider. That mentality, that style and all the things he stands behind are all things he believes in. Definitely rooting for him “.

Since Josh McDaniels was fired as head coach of the Raiders, Pierce has drawn attention for the way the team has coalesced around his high-energy coaching style.

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The Raiders won’t be going to the playoffs, but Pierce has a 4-4 record as head coach heading into the team’s final game against the Denver Broncos.

Antonio Pierce runs off the field

Interim head coach Antonio Pierce of the Las Vegas Raiders runs off the field after the Raiders defeated the New York Giants, 30-6, at Allegiant Stadium on Nov. 5, 2023, in Las Vegas. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Pierce, a former standout linebacker for the Washington Redskins and New York Giants, has said he is a players’ coach, which has paid dividends for a team looking for a leader other than McDaniels.

“He has a realistic approach and mentality about how the game is supposed to be played and what he expects from his players, and it’s easy to get behind that,” Adams explained.

Pierce already has a good relationship with the players, and having someone like Adams back him should be a big help to owner Mark Davis and the Raiders front office.

Antonio Pierce on the sidelines

Las Vegas Raiders interim head coach Antonio Pierce watches during the first half of a game against the New York Giants on Nov. 5, 2023, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

“I can give a classy presentation, I’ve seen that before,” Pierce told USA Today last week, adding that his “résumé is on the grass.” “I can post stats, I can post my resume, but the best thing that happened to me was an opportunity… The worst day it was going to be as a head coach was my first day.

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“Hopefully, Mark Davis sees improvement and growth within our team. He sees the style and play he wants from the Raiders. He sees a fan base behind us. He sees a building he loves coming to work in and loves being in.” here. And “At the end of the day, we have to win.”

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