Following the Las Vegas Raiders’ 23-18 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, star wide receiver Davante Adams had some strong comments on the state of his franchise.
“It’s not my mentality to sit here and try to take all season and figure it out,” Adams said, via Vincent Bonsignore of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “You use these early games like this to establish an identity. We’re not doing things the right way to establish a winning culture. . . . We’ve got to go out there and do it. That’s the theme of this year — doing it. Not just talking about it and figuring out what we need to do. We did all that last year. This year we gotta be about it.”
During his press conference on Monday, Raiders head coach Josh McDaniels was asked about his star player’s blunt criticism. But rather than take umbrage with them, the second-year head coach seemed to agree with Adams, stating that he understood the former Green Bay Packer’s perspective.
“I mean at some point you want to have it instead of be learning it,” McDaniels answered when asked about Adams’ comments. “We’re all trying to compete and win. I know where he’s coming from and I think we have a lot of guys that are coming from that same perspective. And it’s frustrating when you put a lot into it and you don’t get the results you’re looking for. So, I understand exactly where he’s coming from.”
With starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo in concussion protocol, getting their season back on track will be easier said than done for the Raiders. Sitting at 1-2 following Sunday’s loss to the Steelers, Las Vegas will hit the road to face the Los Angeles Chargers in a pivotal AFC West matchup on Sunday before facing Adams’ former team, the Packers, on Monday Night Football on Oct. 9.