Josh McDaniels had lost the locker room before losing his final game against the Lions and lost his job the next day.
That’s according to a report from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, who covers players and assistant coaches ripped into McDaniels at a team meeting the Thursday before the Lions game, five days before McDaniels was fired.
Among the problems players complained about with McDaniels were that he held long team meetings, that he overcorrected every error, and that he blamed players for problems with game play.
At the Raiders’ next practice, hours after that team meeting, McDaniels was a shell of his former self, acting more like a spectator than a head coach, according to the report.
The report also said that Raiders owner Mark Davis met with players, including Josh Jacobs and Davante Adams, and that through those meetings Davis learned many of the issues that the players raised with McDaniels in the team meeting.
It was a dysfunctional situation that led to McDaniels being fired in the middle of his second season – for the second time in his career.