As a Las Vegas local, it’s really hard to like Allegiant Stadium. From the insane planning and preparation it takes to even attend an event at the stadium to the sheer prices of tickets, these barriers are starting to cause potential issues for the Las Vegas Raiders.
According to multiple publications, Raiders’ owner Mark Davis is “embarrassed,” the online publication RaidersBeat.com said. The publication also estimated that during the 49ers game, about 75% of the fans were gold-blooded, aka were there to support the Niners. The San Francisco 49ers seemed to overtake the stadium with multiple social media posts and other publication taking note of this from the Jan. 1 game.
Along with this, the recent game with the Kansas City Chiefs further pushed this narrative of “opposing-team dominance” at Allegiant Stadium. To top this debacle sundae, quarterback Derek Carr‘s announcement to depart from the franchise came on Thursday, Jan. 12.
In fact, many tailgate clubs “boycotted” the Raiders‘ home games due to the team’s upsetting record. So, is Davis truly mad that Raider Nation isn’t showing up?
Well, the answer to this question is difficult. Considering this statement from Davis was passed around and reported on like a game of telephone with “inside NFL sources” divulging Davis’ inner emotions, it’s hard to truly indicate what’s happening behind the scenes.
These little pieces of the storyline have created discussion about the future of the team and its leadership with many fans upset with Davis and head coach Josh McDaniels.
Tim Younger, Carr’s agent, posted a statement on Twitter that said, “Derek’s tenure with the Raiders is effectively finished. Relationships do end, but as is the case here, a treasure of memories and friendships remain, along with a very special bond with his fans. These won’t end. Teams constantly search for franchise players who invest themselves completely, as Derek did for nearly a decade, maybe even to a fault. That’s his true legacy here, much more so than the numerous team records he holds.
He always showed up first; he played hurt, and through some tumultuous times, he led the front and never complained. He will carry a piece of this organization with him always. . . ”
As Carr departs, the front office of the Raiders will have to start its “awkward little dance” with Carr, as called by the online publication Defector.
These are trying time for Raiders, and now the question of “how to fix these problems” post-Carr’s departure will have to be answered. Social media, blogs and other media regarding the team are expressing growing concern for McDaniels’ coaching.
Well, the time to replace the hole that Carr left starts soon. Despite Davante Adams’ year, hopefully he can rise in the ranks and save the ship with his teammates.