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Giants Now: Antonio Pierce named Raiders interim head coach


Antonio Pierce named Raiders' interim head coach

The Las Vegas Raiders, who will host the Giants in Week 9, recently relieved Josh McDaniels and David Ziegler of their duties as head coach and general manager, respectively.

While Champ Kelly was named the interim general manager, someone very familiar to Giants fans was named the team's interim head coach - former linebacker and team captain Antonio Pierce.

Pierce joined the Raiders as their linebackers coach in 2022 after serving four seasons on the coaching staff at Arizona State. He will now serve as Las Vegas' head coach for the remainder of the year before the organization undergoes "a comprehensive search for a head coach once the season is complete."

Pierce went undrafted in 2001 following a collegiate career at Arizona. He signed with Washington as an undrafted free agent and went on to play the next four seasons there before joining the Giants during the 2005 offseason.

While the linebacker enjoyed success during his time in Washington, he established himself among the league's most consistent linebackers upon signing with the Giants. Pierce had three consecutive seasons with over 100 tackles with the Giants from 2005 to 2007, which included a trip to the Pro Bowl.

Of course, Pierce was an integral part of the Giants' Super Bowl XLII-winning team, starting all 16 regular-season and four playoff games on the way to the franchise's third Super Bowl title.

He ended up playing five seasons with the Giants, where he started 69 regular-season games and registered 491 tackles (377 solo), seven sacks, 34 tackles for loss, six forced fumbles, seven fumble recoveries, four interceptions, 33 passes defensed and one defensive touchdown.

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