LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) – The Raiders host the Denver Broncos at Allegiant Stadium on Sunday, in a game you can watch right here on FOX5.

But, Raider Nation is wondering who will be the head coach when the two teams play next season.

While the Raiders are getting ready for the final game of the season, the talk is less about the game, and more about who will be the head coach next season.

Ever since the Raiders fired Josh McDaniels mid-season, the speculation started. Would Mark Davis hire Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh? Could Jon Gruden possibly come back, or will someone else slide into a favored position?

The one constant in all the chatter has been about interim head coach Antonio Pierce getting the tag dropped and getting the job permanently. The players are certainly voicing their opinions to keep Pierce.

“It’s obviously who I want. That’s my vote and that’s basically how the whole locker room feels and with good reason. He’s come in and done a great job he’s continued to win us over. It’s not just the comfortable thing, I think having AP here will be good for this organization. He kind of embodies what it means to be a Raider. That mentality, that swag. All of the things he endorses is what I believe in,” said wide receiver Davante Adams.

“Since I took over and have been able to play, AP has been a huge supporter of mine. Obviously, he’s a defensive coach but throughout the game and practice he’s been a constant supporter,” added rookie quarterback Aidan O’Connell.

Pierce is flattered by the talk, but while the process plays out, he tells FOX5, he’s just going to keep grinding.

“You earn respect. It’s not given it’s earned and I’m still in the process of earning that respect. At the end of the day, they’ll show and I’ll show what we do on the grass. That’s the bottom line. That’s what we’re all being evaluated on of what we do on Sundays, on game day. I appreciate their support and we’ll let the chips fall where they fall at the end of the season.”

Don’t expect an immediate decision. This will have to play out for several days, or more, after the season ends Sunday.


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