Raiders fire GM on turn one of significant offseason

Owner Mark Davis made the first major decision in what could be an eventful offseason for the Las Vegas Raiders. There is much more to come as there will be significant changes for an organization that has only had their second-place finish in the playoffs for the past 19 seasons.

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GMFILE - Las Vegas Raiders general manager Mike Mayock walks to the sidelines during an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021 in Las Vegas. On Monday, January 17, 2022, the Las Vegas Raiders announced they had fired Mayock after three seasons and will begin a search for a coach and GM after finishing second in the playoffs for the past 19 seasons. Owner Mark Davis made the first major decision in what could be an eventful offseason for the Las Vegas Raiders. There is much more to come as there will be significant changes for an organization that has only had their second-place finish in the playoffs for the past 19 seasons. Davis fired general manager Mike Mayock Monday and began organizing interviews with general managers and coaching candidates, leaving interim coach Rich Bisaccia in limbo. Players have voted in favor of Bisaccia staying with the Raiders (10-8) after leading them to four straight wins to end the regular season and reach the playoffs. Las Vegas lost 26-19 to Cincinnati on Saturday and has not won a playoff game since winning the 2002 AFC title game. "I respect their thoughts and feelings and the way they verbalize those things," Bisaccia said. “I think continuity and consistency in any profession could sometimes be a good thing. I'm in the position I'm in and I'm sure Mark and I will have more conversations over the course of the week than we did last night and we'll see how this thing works.” Rich Bisaccia, interim head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders, watches the first half of an NFL wild card playoff football game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Saturday, January 15, 2022. The Raiders rallied around Bisaccia after a tumultuous regular season marred by the retirement of coach Jon Gruden due to the release of his old offensive emails; and the release of recipient Henry Ruggs III after he was charged with felonies in a fatal drink-driving crash that killed a 23-year-old woman.Players praised Bisaccia for he had kept the team together, leading to a strong ending to the regular season. "Loss hurts the most in defeat," said running back Josh Jacobs. "In the dressing room you don't know who's coming back, you don't know." "I don't know which coaches will come back. One of the big questions the Raiders will face this offseason is what to do with quarterback Derek Carr. Las Vegas must decide whether to reward Carr with a lucrative overtime, let him play." the last year of the deal, or switch to rebuild mode and trade it for draft picks. I'm going to play quarterback, but my message will be spoken about," Carr said. "I'm not going to go to dinner and say, 'We have to do something.' I'm not that guy. The Raiders' decision to overhaul their offensive line last offseason backfired. First-round pick Alex Leatherwood flopped on the right tackle and was still fighting after going inside to defend. Brandon Parker was unmasked at right tackle and John Simpson was outplayed at left guard. Center Andre James showed promise in his first season as a starter and left tackle Kolton Miller was strong. But Las Vegas needs to decide what to do with Leatherwood and likely find at least a new starter or two to strengthen the line. Defense made progress in the freshman year under coordinator Gus Bradley as edge rushers Maxx Crosby and Yannick Ngakoue had strong seasons, middle linebacker Denzel Perryman bolstered run defense, rookies Nate Hobbs and Trevon Moehrig bolstered secondary, and Casey Hayward had a strong season at cornerback. All of those players except Hayward are expected to return in 2022, but the Raiders could use cornerback help, strong safety and defensive tackling to get even stronger. "I feel like we're building something special here," Ngakoue said. Davis will interview coach and general manager candidates and decide which duo will lead the franchise into the future.


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