“It Was Time For Some Sort Of Change”: The Usually Unhappy Davante Adams Seems Rejuvenated Following Vegas Firings

It’s no secret that Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Davante Adams hasn’t exactly been the happiest player in the world the past two seasons.

He has routinely aired his frustrations after nearly every game, including victories. 

It’s clear he hasn’t been thrilled with the direction he feels the franchise had been heading. 

Those bad feelings and vibes seem to be washed away however – at least temporarily.

Following the firings of head coach Josh McDaniels and general manager Dave Ziegler, Adams seems to be a rejuvenated and hopeful for what the future could hold. 

“Don’t get it confused, it’s not a celebration that we have a new coach and there’s been changes made,” Adams said, making it clear he wasn’t rooting for McDaniels and Ziegler to lose their jobs. 

“We, obviously, think it was time, one way or the other, for some sort of change. Just to bring a little juice in and revitalize the team a little bit. I think it’s more of a mindset that we’re not trying to force but just have moving forward to be as positive as possible.”

“We do have a change, so there’s more of a reason, a definitive shift. We have things in place to where we can say, ‘All right, things are different now, but we have an opportunity to change it.’ That’s our mindset now, just trying to have fun and enjoy our time in this building.”

“I think as we speak to each other it’s been feeling a little too much like work, and we’re not having enough fun. We have to just get back to that.”

“Before I say anything else, I want to say that I appreciate Josh and Dave for bringing me here and going through what they went through in order to make this happen for me,” he added.

“I’m really appreciative of them because if they didn’t fight as hard to make this [trading for Adams and signing him to a five-year, $140 million contract] happen, who knows how it would have panned out.”

“It didn’t end up being the storybook finish that we all hoped that it would be, but you can’t live your life saying ‘What if I would have not came here, what if they would have never taken the job?’ You have to make decisions and live with them. You live, learn and get better.”

“I just want to throw that out there that I appreciate them for this opportunity to get here. As I have said countless times, I want to be a Raider, so I want to do whatever I can to make this work and keep it going.”

Along with the firings came the announcement that quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is being benched in favor of rookie Aidan O’Connell.

It’s seems like a move Adams is also in favor of…

Linebackers coach Antonio Pierce will step in as interim head coach. As is usually the case in situations like these, you can expect to see an extremely motivated Raiders team when they take the field against the New York Giants on Sunday. 

What is your take on the firing of McDaniels?

Will the Raiders end up making a legitimate playoff push?

Looking ahead, who do you think will end up being the permanent head coach in Vegas???