Report: Raiders fire offensive coordinator, promote Aidan O’Connell to starter

Nov 1, 2023, 9:00 AM

Quarterback Aidan O'Connell #4 of the Las Vegas Raiders warms up prior to an NFL football game agai...

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 22: Quarterback Aidan O'Connell #4 of the Las Vegas Raiders warms up prior to an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on October 22, 2023 in Chicago, IL. (Photo by Todd Rosenberg/Getty Images)

(Photo by Todd Rosenberg/Getty Images)

The Last Vegas Raiders continue to make changes to its staff and roster, including promoting rookie Aidan O’Connell as the team’s starter.

On Tuesday night, owner Mark Davis fired former coach Josh McDaniels and former general manager Dave Ziegler.

According to Albert Breer, offensive coordinator Mick Lombardi is also out. McDaniels brought Lombardi with him from New England. Breer added that quarterbacks coach Bo Hardegree is set to become the team’s interim offensive coordinator.

No news has been reported about defensive coordinator Patrick Graham.

According to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport, the Raiders are expected to name rookie O’Connell as their starter for this week’s matchup against the New York Giants. Jimmy Garoppolo, who the team signed this past offseason, is expected to back up the rookie.

In his lone start this season, Aidan O’Connell threw for 238 yards and one interception in a loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.

The Raiders are the first team in the league to make drastic changes to their coaching staff. Linebackers coach Antonio Pierce has been named interim head coach and Champ Kelly has been named the interim general manager.

Hardegree and Pierce will task Aidan O’Connell with turning around an offense that is averaging just under 270 yards per game and nearly 16 points.

Upcoming Las Vegas Raiders Schedule

  • Sunday, November 5th – vs. New York Giants  – 1:25 PM PST
  • Sunday, November 12th – vs. New York Jets – 5:20 PM PST
  • Sunday, November 19th – @ Miami Dolphins – 10:00 AM PST
  • Sunday, December 26th – vs. Kansas City Chiefs – 1:25 PM PST

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