After leading the Las Vegas Raiders to the playoffs in 2021, interim coach Rich Bisaccia lost his full-time job to Josh McDaniels. Less than two years later, McDaniels was fired by the team after posting a 9-16 record.
Bisaccia, who is now the Green Bay Packers’ special teams coordinator, chose the right path when asked about McDaniels being fired.
“I try to control the controllable things in my life” Bisaccia said during his media availability on November 2nd. “I think that’s kind of a thing we all try to do. That’s what we try to teach our children. I don’t wish anything bad on anyone. To be honest, I left this situation behind me a long time ago. When I stood on that podium for probably the first time, I really distanced myself from what was happening there.
“I definitely feel like the players that were there when we were there, the guys that I have close relationships with, are going to have to go through that process again. “That being said, I don’t like it when in ours Job someone is fired. It’s become commonplace, so we’re all used to it. We don’t really think about it changing lives and families similar to what we experienced when it happened there.”
The Raiders clearly made the wrong move after the 2021 season and the next coaching search will be very important.
“Rich Bisaccia leaves the door open for the return of the Las Vegas Raiders”
If the Raiders could go back in time, they would almost certainly prefer Rich Bisaccia to reliving the Josh McDaniels experience. Even if he failed, it couldn’t have been much worse than what the team is dealing with now.
By the way, Bisaccia was asked if he would be willing to talk to the Raiders about opening after the season ends and he gave an interesting answer.
“I’ll let you know in January,” Bisaccia said.
It doesn’t sound like Bisaccia is closing the door on a possible return for the Raiders. It remains to be seen whether owner Mark Davis is interested in bringing him back, but he could be a name to keep an eye on once the coaching search begins.
Should the Las Vegas Raiders consider Rich Bisaccia?
Owners typically prefer to hire coaches with offensive or defensive backgrounds. Special teams coordinators rarely get the chance to become head coaches. That’s probably a big reason why Mark Davis didn’t keep Rich Bisaccia. When the offense or defense starts struggling, he doesn’t have the expertise to fix one or the other.
As a leader, Bisaccia is, according to many players, second to none. He knows how to push the right buttons to get his team going. Maybe that’s all the Raiders need in a head coach. If the team finds great coordinators to surround Bisaccia with, it’s easy to imagine him having success as a head coach. However, it is very risky for a team to rely on a coordinator because they could be hired for head coaching jobs if they perform well.
Bisaccia should definitely at least get an interview for the Raiders opener, but this is a very different team than 2021. He may not have as much juice in the building as he did two years ago.
Austin Boyd has been reporting on the Las Vegas Raiders and Los Angeles Lakers for Heavy.com since 2019. Born and raised in Los Angeles, his work on Heavy includes interviews with NFL stars Darren Waller and Joe Montana, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at “The Business.” More about Austin Boyd
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