Oakland Raiders: 3 reasons why hiring Mike Mayock makes sense

ALAMEDA, CA - JANUARY 09: Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis (L) looks on as Oakland Raiders new head coach Jon Gruden (R) speaks during a news conference at Oakland Raiders headquarters on January 9, 2018 in Alameda, California. Jon Gruden has returned to the Oakland Raiders after leaving the team in 2001. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
ALAMEDA, CA - JANUARY 09: Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis (L) looks on as Oakland Raiders new head coach Jon Gruden (R) speaks during a news conference at Oakland Raiders headquarters on January 9, 2018 in Alameda, California. Jon Gruden has returned to the Oakland Raiders after leaving the team in 2001. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) /
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OAKLAND, CA – DECEMBER 24: A view of the kickoff during the NFL game between the Oakland Raiders and the Denver Broncos at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on December 24, 2018 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Robert Reiners/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA – DECEMBER 24: A view of the kickoff during the NFL game between the Oakland Raiders and the Denver Broncos at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on December 24, 2018 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Robert Reiners/Getty Images) /

His Personality

Mayock is a tireless worker, and the Raiders need a guy who is going to come in, and get the job done. Not to say Reggie McKenzie did not work hard during his time as the Raiders general manager, but if he is going to be replaced, you want it to be with a guy who is going to work long hours, much like Gruden does.

In addition, Mayock is a former NFL player, and has been around the game forever. He knows what it takes to win at the NFL level, and while he may end up having to bounce everything off Gruden, he is also the kind of guy who is going to stand up to the $100 million coach if he feels the right decision is not being made.

As former colleague Rich Eisen tweeted out on Monday, Mayock is a classic Gruden Grinder, and the two should get along very well. They have a tall task ahead of them, and the future of the organization will depend on whether or not they can co-exist.