Questioning the validity of Dave Ziegler as Raiders GM in the early going
A new chapter in Raiders history – the Dave Ziegler era
Once the ’21 season ended, Rich Bisaccia’s designation as the Raiders’ interim head coach was no more. With a vacancy at head coach, owner Mark Davis thought it best to form a team that would partake in interviewing several head coach candidates for the job.
Bisaccia had a lengthy interview with Davis and his assembled team to come back and continue coaching the Raiders, but Davis would ultimately take a different route.
A large part of why Bisaccia didn’t land the job was due to Davis’ belief that he should bring in a head coach and general manager duo who were meant to be paired together and work in harmony, as opposed to grouping two separate entities together as he did in the past.
With Mike Mayock fired as this process began, there was no counterpart to come in with Bisaccia as the team’s general manager. Dave Ziegler, however, had Josh McDaniels.
As it just so happened, Mark Davis considered himself a big fan of McDaniels’ coaching ability. Ultimately, this helped Ziegler check every box and walk right into a front office position with his buddy from New England by his side.
And so, the Dave Ziegler era began for the Raiders.
Many things have transpired in the meantime, including the 2022 NFL Draft, free agency, and general roster trimming along the way. Now, it’s time to take our first look back and analyze Ziegler’s decision-making as general manager for the Silver and Black.