Raiders coach says team needs to ‘do better’ moving forward
Sep 11, 2023, 4:25 PM
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The Las Vegas Raiders overcame an interception in the end zone to wipe out a scoring opportunity, a penalty for roughing the punter that led to a Broncos field goal and an offside call on fourth down that extended a Denver drive on Sunday.
Despite these mistakes, the Raiders were able to pull out a 17-16 win. But, as they move on from Denver, the Silver & Black focus their attention on Buffalo.
“The most important thing we can do, is learn from this game and the things that we need to do better, which are numerous across the board, offensively, defensively, and in the kicking game,” Raiders coach Josh McDaniels said Monday. “There are many things that we can do better and need to do better as we go forward.”
The Raiders did show resiliency in overcoming those mistakes, and that should serve them well.
They did more than just overcome. Las Vegas ran off the final 5:08, picking up three first downs on that last drive. Two came on third downs, including quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo scrambling to convert a third-and-7 to secure the victory.
“At the same time, it’s an imperfect game, it’s hard to win on the road in this league, and to win close games and to try to play your some of your best football in the fourth quarter, those are all traits that you’re going to need at some point in time during the season and those will all serve you well at the end of the year,” McDaniels said. ” Every game is hard. It doesn’t matter who you play, it doesn’t matter where you play.
They’re all difficult because every team has good players and good coaches, and it’s tough to win. And so, I think our team responded appropriately to winning the division game on the road against a good team, who’s also well coached and has got good players. And so, that’s a good thing. They should be happy about that.”