The big question is who will be the Raiders head coach in 2022, but one thing is for sure, whoever it is is getting some blue-chip players to coach.
The Las Vegas Raiders are in a strange spot in the 2022 off-season. Typically when a team is searching for a new general manager and head coach, it is off the heels of a poor season. While the Raiders were not an amazing team in 2021, they still managed a playoff berth.
So why are they searching for a reset?
Well, at the start of the 2021 season it appeared the Raiders would be led by Jon Gruden for the foreseeable future as he was in the midst of a mammoth 10-year, 100 million dollar contract. Even during some very disappointing finishes, it was presumed that “Chucky” would be the last to go if changes were made.
Then came the e-mails. Offensive and a complete shock, Gruden would resign in the middle of the season.
In the case of former general manager Mike Mayock, he was always dealt a bad hand. Long considered a figurehead at the GM spot, many assumed the loss of Gruden would spell the end of Mayock’s tenure as well. So, despite being a part of the acquisition of several quality players, Mayock was relieved of his duties.
Of course, interim head coach Rich Bisaccia performed admirably in a roller coaster of a season. Leading the Raiders to a 10-7 record, they were 7-5 under his watch and, of course, secured a playoff berth. He will get his chance to plead his case for the head coaching job long-term as well.
Regardless, the next Raiders coach will be taking the reigns of a team with young talent that is ready to win.