All-Pro Las Vegas Raiders' wide receiver Davante Adams has recently been vocal about the Raiders' offense and his apparent frustration with how the unit plans on operating. It's safe to say that nearly nothing went right for the Raiders in 2022.
What appeared to be a team on the rise, the Raiders continued their unfortunate trend of being one of the laughing stocks of the NFL. The main difference in 2022 was when the Green Bay Packers shipped All-Pro wide receiver Davante Adams to Las Vegas.
Adams was then reunited with his college teammate, Derek Carr, and the two hit it off on the field. Adams had 100 receptions for 1,516 yards and 14 touchdowns, leading the NFL in the latter.
He made another Pro Bowl and another All-Pro as well, but the Raiders went 6-11 and failed to qualify for the playoffs.
The dysfunction that the Raiders seemed to go through in 2022 under Josh McDaniels seemed to be somewhat similar to his tenure as the Denver Broncos' head coach. I do wonder what most Patriots' fans think about McDaniels overall.
Yeah, he's been a great offensive coordinator for the team, but his time as a HC has gone nothing but south. Here's what Adams had to say recently about the offense:
""[The front office] think this is the best bet for us right now to put us in a position to be urgent," he said. "We don't see eye-to-eye on what we think is best for us right now."- Davante Adams
Adams added it ultimately "all depends on the style of ball that we play" with Jimmy Garoppolo starting at quarterback: "If we play a certain brand of ball, I can get [Garoppolo] to conform to whatever. But if we use him a certain type of way, then it's going to make it tough for us to maximize who we should be this year."
"My goal is to win a Super Bowl with this team. And that's why I didn't come here to just be cute with Derek. It is to really try and have a shot and change this organization.""
Adams is kind of all over the place here with these words. He does seem to hint at the idea that the Raiders may try to use Garoppolo similarly to how he was in San Franciso. Jimmy G was never the focal point of the offense and it was a clear run-first team that excelled at distributing the ball to everyone.
The SF offense that Garoppolo played in wasn't exactly one that a WR1 would necessarily want to play in. Part of me thinks that Adams is worried that Josh McDaniels will adopt something similar because that's the way that Garoppolo has been able to excel in the NFL as a starter.
He also very bluntly says that he wants to win a SB with the Raiders and didn't want to come aboard to play with his buddy. This all reads as a giant mess to me, honestly, and I bet that Adams isn't the only offensive player in that organization who feels this way.