Josh McDaniels trying to avoid adopting the ‘Patriot Way’ as he begins his coaching tenure with the Raiders

The Las Vegas Raiders have faces that may make you think they’re Patriots West, but don’t hold your breath. Although the organization pulled Josh McDaniels and Dave Ziegler from Foxborough to be its new head coach and general manager earlier this offseason, along with a number of player signings who also spent time in New England, it doesn’t look like the Raiders are going to immediately start walking, talking and acting like the Patriots. In fact, McDaniels apparently makes a concerted effort not to.

“He’s trying to create a culture that’s not the Patriot Way,” said Duron Harmon, the Raiders’ new goaltender, who played seven seasons in New England. Hello Soccer Wednesday. “He said it over and over again.”

Historically, followers of Bill Belichick who rose to head coaching positions throughout the NFL failed, in part because they tried to emulate the hard-nosed, militaristic style of the hoodie. While Belichick’s mannerisms have led him to six Super Bowl titles in New England, it’s not a style that has been successfully replicated. McDaniels himself died during his first try as head coach in Denver, in part because of his attempt to be a Belichick clone.

At his introductory press conference in January, McDaniels gave an early bow that he learned from that experience and is now taking on his own personality in the new gig.

“I’m clear in the vision I have for this role for this job, for this team and I’m going to be myself,” McDaniels said at the time. “I think it’s really important for me and our organization going forward.”

Of course, that philosophy should give McDaniels a better chance of succeeding in his tenure with the Raiders, which is an encouraging sign for the organization.

So far, the Raiders have made some very anti-Patriot moves. For example, they caused a stir by trading wide receiver Davante Adams and giving him a market contract. They also gave lucrative extensions to quarterback Derek Carr and defensive end Maxx Crosby, while signing free-agent passing thrower Chandler Jones. While New England broke that bank in free agency last offseason, a generally more frugal approach is taken, so we’re already seeing some deviation from how McDaniels and Ziegler handle things in Las Vegas.

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