Maxx Crosby finally gave a statement regarding the firing of former Las Vegas Raiders head coach Josh McDaniels and former general manager Dave Ziegler. He shared his take on his show, The Rush With Maxx.
While the Raiders haven’t won much during McDaniels’ tenure, Crosby shared his appreciation for his former head coach. He also recalled their conversation when he got a massive contract extension.
Maxx Crosby has nothing but appreciation for Josh McDaniels
In a clip from the recent episode of his online program, the All-Pro defensive end shared about McDaniels:
“First off, just giving my thanks to Coach McDaniels and Dave Ziegler. You know, the second I got, that Coach McDaniels was going to be our next head coach, he reached out to me right away, ends up giving me a life-changing contract. Got a ton of respect for those guys and wish them the best moving forward.”
Maxx Crosby signed his four-year, $98 million contract extension during the 2022 offseason. He rewarded the Raiders’ trust with career highs of 89 total tackles and 12.5 sacks. Those numbers earned him his second Pro Bowl selection.
Crosby was a part of the 2021 Second Team All-Pro roster after tallying 56 tackles and eight sacks. More importantly, he hasn’t missed a game in his NFL career, which started when the then-Oakland Raiders selected him in Round 4 of the 2019 NFL Draft.
He immediately showed promise during his rookie season, tallying ten sacks even if he started in only ten games. Fast forward to 2023, and he is the anchor of the Raiders defense, collecting 6.5 sacks and 48 tackles through Week 8.
Unfortunately, as impressive as Crosby has been, the Raiders haven’t generated a lot of wins during the Josh McDaniels era. They finished the 2022 season at 6-11 and are at 3-5 leading into their Week 9 matchup against the New York Giants.
Maxx Crosby primed for another massive performance
Crosby and the Raiders will host the Giants, a team tied with the Washington Commanders for most sacks given this season with 41. This statistic bodes well for Maxx Crosby and company to sack the Giants quarterback, whoever he may be.
New York’s NFC team is dealing with quarterback issues. Daniel Jones is a limited participant at practice due to a neck injury, while Tyrod Taylor did not practice because of his injured ribs. Crosby also has some knee/ankle concerns but participated limitedly during Wednesday’s practice for Week 9.