Josh McDaniels, Raiders ‘all-in’ on aggressive playcall late

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Las Vegas Raiders coach Josh McDaniels defended his decision to attempt a 2-point conversion rather than score a game-defining extra point late in the fourth quarter Monday night, a call his players also supported .

And they did so when the attempt failed, with the Raiders eventually losing to the Chiefs 30-29 to drop to 1-4 before going into their bye week.

“I felt like I was in that situation [Kansas City] had a lot of momentum offensively, obviously in the second half,” said McDaniels. “We had a game where we felt really good. I thought we’d get a look that would give us a chance.”

Josh Jacobs, who had a career-high 154 yards on a touchdown with 21 carries, was stuffed just short of the goal line with 4:27 left on the game clock.

“That’s what we wanted,” Jacobs said. “We knew we were going to get into this situation. It’s crazy, all week we’ve been talking about thirds and 1, fourths and 1, 2 point play.

“Once I got the ball and the safety put the hole, I knew it was going to be hairy. I really blame myself because I could have reached the ball. I know we accept not getting the ball, but that was a situation where it wouldn’t have mattered if I had. So I’ll just put that on my shoulders. I could have reached the ball over there.

After the Las Vegas defense forced a punt, the Raiders took over with 2:29 to play and faced a quarter-and-1 at their own 46-yard line with 41 seconds left. With no timeouts, the Raiders attempted a deep throw rather than a stomach shot, and quarterback Derek Carr’s pass, intended for Davante Adams, went incomplete when Adams and slot receiver Hunter Renfrow were on the field met each other.

Jacobs said he didn’t have a problem with the playcall there either, since Las Vegas no longer had timeouts.

Carr said he knew the Raiders would attempt a 2-point conversion before starting the drive that took them to a point 30-29.

“I liked it, I like being aggressive, especially on the street, I’m into it,” said Carr, who passed for 241 yards and two touchdowns without an interception while completing 19 of 30 attempts.

“When we met I was excited but I was already telling people, ‘Hey, 2!’ And then I looked at Josh [McDaniels]and he said it into my headset… from my point of view I thought Josh [Jacobs] was in. I thought his knee stayed off the ground.

“I mean, we’re so close that we’re 31-30 ahead,” Carr added, putting his hands inches apart.

Adams, meanwhile, said he was “all in” on the call to go for two.

“You have to buy in, that’s the only way you can make a game work,” he said after catching three passes for 124 yards with two TDs.

“You have to be for it [the coaches’] Job to make that call, so I was okay with that because I felt like we had a chance to put it in.

McDaniels is only 6-21 as a head coach since he started 6-0 with the Denver Broncos in 2009.

“We had a chance,” said McDaniels. “We had a fair fight. They played a little bit better than us. We gave ourselves an opportunity to take the lead there and push a little more when they had the ball, no more, no less, just be. ” aggressive and trying to win the game, i know it was 4:30 [remaining in the game] or whatever the time, but our team felt good about it and felt it was the right call at the right time.”

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Emma Bowman

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