Raiders interim coach Antonio Pierce reflects on 1st game

When it was all said and done and Antonio Pierce could finally relax, it all hit him.

The whirlwind week that took him from Raiders linebackers coach to interim head coach, the rapid-fire 24 hours in which former coach Josh McDaniels was fired along with general manager Dave Ziegler and offensive coordinator Mick Lombardi, and the change from Jimmy Garoppolo to Aidan O’Connell at quarterback. It almost seemed incredible that it all went down so quickly, only to culminate with a great week of practice and a responding 30-6 win over the Giants on Sunday at Allegiant Stadium.

“It was a lot, I’m not gonna lie,” Pierce said Monday morning, less than 24 hours after one of the biggest days of his life.

It all gave him a chance to finally take a breather when he returned home Sunday night.

“To be honest, take it all in,” he said. “To really understand what just happened. For myself, obviously, which was a big change. This organization, for our players and our coaches.”

Now comes two days off and preparation for the New York Jets, who visit the Raiders on “Sunday Night Football.”

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