McDaniels stresses competition for jobs in Raiders win
LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Coaches can find meaning in meaningless exhibition games. It’s their job. Take Josh McDaniels after the Raiders beat the Minnesota Vikings 26-20 on Sunday at Allegiant Stadium.
In the second win in as many shows for his Raiders, the new coach enjoyed the competition at quarterback, where Jarrett Stidham started and ran for a touchdown and Nick Mullens came through for a score.
Neither will start for the Raiders. It’s reserved for Derek Carr, who for the second consecutive week played the role of spectator.
But Stidham and Mullens’ play likely eases a concern for McDaniels if Carr was injured for a brief period during the regular season.
“I think all the quarterbacks did well,” McDaniels said, in his first season as Raiders coach. “I think Jarrett has really grown over time. … One of the things that keeps coming up, that I’m really happy about, is there’s no turnover. Before we can win, we have to learn not to lose.
McDaniels’ praise for every QB, including Chase Garbers who cleaned up, tied to their efficiency and decisions.
He seemed particularly pleased with Stidham and Mullens. “I think those two guys did a good job.”
He also seemed happy with the rotation at attacking tackle, without going too deep into the performance. What he appreciates is the work ethic and competition.
“There are guys who didn’t start tonight for one reason or another who will start on opening day,” the coach said. “The competition is real, it’s continuous, and I think it’s the healthiest thing we have in the dressing room because it makes everyone better. There’s something to be said for the job they’re doing. every day…it made our team better.
The Raiders seemed a bit more in tune against Minnesota, which was playing its first preseason game.
Mullens completed 7 of 9 passes for 94 yards and a touchdown, a 34 yard pass to DJ Turner, and Stidham was 10 of 15 passes for 68 yards. He also went for 16 yards on four attempts, including a 4-yard touchdown.
Kellen Mond threw for 119 yards on nine completions, including two touchdowns, for the Vikings. Sean Mannion was 8 of 12 for 79 yards.
Albert Wilson caught 2 and 20 yard TD passes for Minnesota.