One of the biggest mistakes McDaniels made was to try and turn the Raiders into the Patriots with the proven-bad ‘Patriot Way.’ He indeed has a great record as an offensive coordinator with six Super Bowl rings to his name. But there was one key element that helped them to win those games and that name is Tom Brady.
Even now, Bill Belichick is trying to do the same things with Mac Jones and it’s not working. Jimmy Garoppolo isn’t Brady either or he’d still be in Foxborough. It’s a damning indictment on McDaniels that the Raiders failed to score 20 points in any of their eight games before he got fired in 2023 (via USA Today Sports).