Raiders coach Antonio Pierce talks Chiefs win, Jack Jones, Maxx Crosby

It’s officially Antonio Pierce’s show with the Las Vegas Raiders, as he had the interim head coach tag removed last month, becoming the team’s full-time head coach.

Pierce was named interim head coach after Josh McDaniels was fired following the Raiders’ Week 8 loss to the Detroit Lions. Las Vegas went 5-4 under Pierce.

The Raiders’ standout moments under Pierce included a road win against the Kansas City Chiefs on Christmas Day and a 63-21 dismantling of the Los Angeles Chargers, leading to the franchise firing head coach Brandon Staley and general manager Tom Telesco — who’s now ironically the Raiders general manager — the next day.

On the latest edition of “All Facts No Brakes,” Pierce explained to host Keyshawn Johnson why the win over Kansas City was sweet.

“That felt good, I ain’t gonna lie,” Pierce said about the win. “You know why? Because that first game [against the Chiefs], I think a lot of people kinda forget we were up 14-0, and we had a couple flaws on defense where we kinda let the floodgates open, and Patrick Mahomes and Andy Reid got rolling. They started making plays. Next thing you know it’s 31-17. ‘I’m like god damn, what happened?’ I said ‘this time, we’re not gonna do it.’ We gonna jump on them early, which I felt we could, but I wanted to overwhelm them with our energy, our passion, our physicality, mentally, emotionally. 

“I told Maxx to make sure he touched 15 [Mahomes] every play. I made sure I told Jack and our DBs, ‘make sure you’re out there woofing as you’re calling out calls’; we’re playing that mind game with them. And from the offensive side of the ball, I wanted to be as physical as possible. … to go into Arrowhead on Christmas Day, when I know everybody is watching, the way the game went was beautiful.” 

The Raiders claimed cornerback Jack Jones off waivers from the New England Patriots in November. Across the seven games that Jones appeared in for the Raiders, he logged two interceptions, running back both for…


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