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Raiders hire Antonio Pierce as head coach

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Las Vegas Raiders have named Antonio Pierce as their permanent head coach. He had been serving as their interim head coach.

Pierce took over as the interim head coach after the Raiders fired Josh McDaniels. This was his first head coaching job in the NFL.

Las Vegas Raiders Owner and Managing General Partner Mark Davis shakes hands with interim head coach Antonio Pierce on the Raiders' sideline before the team's game against the Denver Broncos
Mark Davis shakes hands with interim head coach Antonio Pierce on the Raiders’ sideline before the team’s game against the Denver Broncos (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

In recent days, Raiders players have gone to bat for Pierce. Even their star defensive player Maxx Crosby said that he would request a trade if Pierce was not named the head coach.

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“It’s legendary,” Crosby said after the season finale. “When you have the right culture, a guy like A.P. that embraces the history of the Raiders, it’s special. … A ton of legends [visit] consistently because (of) the amount of respect they have for him. So it makes you, as a player, want to go out there and show who you are. You know what I mean? You want to be at that level one day.”

The 45-year-old had the top-ranked defense in the league after he took over. The Raiders defense was giving up 15.9 points per game under Pierce.

The team began with a 2-3 record after Pierce took over. Then, they ended with a 3-1 record in their final four games.

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The only loss during this stretch was a 23-20 loss to the Indianapolis Colts on December 31st.

Pierce, who played in the NFL from 2001 through 2009, has been a part of the Raiders organization since the 2022 season when he was hired as their linebackers coach. Prior to joining the Silver and Black, he was either a high school football coach or a college football coach.

He was the Long Beach Poly High School football coach from 2014 through 2017. Then he worked for the Arizona State Sun Devils from 2018 through 2021 as an assistant coach.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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