Despite Josh McDaniels best sabotage efforts, the Las Vegas Raiders managed to pick up a very nice win last night on Monday Night Football.
The 17-13 win over the Packers was especially sweet for Raiders wide receiver Davante Adams who previously spent eight years in Green Bay.
However, not even the win can cover up the fact that Adams is still far from a happy man in Vegas.
Adams, who signed a lucrative five-year, $140 million deal with the Raiders in 2022, admitted to ESPN that his time with the Raiders has been far from what he initially envisioned.
“I didn’t really have any expectations,” Adams said, reflecting on his move to Las Vegas. “But (this is) not what I wanted, for sure. Obviously, I wanted to come here and have a big impact, continue to play at a high level and win games. And a lot of those things have happened – just not the winning part.”
“But I’ve just got to continue to do more and keep demanding greatness and consistency for my teammates … It’s a gamble sometimes (changing teams). You never really know.”
"That's what every team does….still got to find a way to get me the ball."
— Logan Reever (@loganreever) October 10, 2023
Adams emphasized that his ultimate goal is to win a Super Bowl, something he hasn’t achieved in his career despite reaching four NFC championship games.
“What’s most important to me is going to the Super Bowl,” he continued. “I (went) to four NFC championship games in Green Bay in eight years. So I’ve won a lot of games in the regular season. I’ve got a lot of stats. What I haven’t done is check that box of winning the Super Bowl.”
“I’m trying to create something special here. I can only do so much on my individual end … You don’t fluke into the Super Bowl; you do it a certain way to win the Super Bowl.”
This isn’t the first time Adams has voiced his concerns about the Raiders’ direction since his arrival. Earlier in the 2023 offseason, following a remarkable 1,500-yard debut season with Las Vegas, he expressed that he didn’t see “eye to eye” with the team’s management regarding certain roster decisions, particularly alluding to the departure of his friend and former quarterback, Derek Carr.
Adams later downplayed those comments but also mentioned that he needed time to “buy into” the team’s direction.
— NFL (@NFL) October 10, 2023
Last night’s win is a small step in the right direction.
What do you make of Adams’ lingering unhappiness in Vegas?
Do you think the Raiders will get things turned around and wind up being a legitimate contender?