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Raiders coaching change: Get to know Rich Bisaccia

Special teams coach is named interim head coach in wake of Jon Gruden’s resignation

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Rich Bisaccia is a Jon Gruden guy.

As the Las Vegas Raiders try to pick up the pieces from the sudden resignation of Gruden. their embattled head coach and czar, Rich Bisaccia will take over as the interim coach for the rest of the 2021 season. Bisaccia has been the team’s special teams coach but has never been a head coach before.

Team sources told Silver and Black Pride that Bisaccia was the choice by owner Mark Davis and general manager Mike Mayock (who’s power in the organization has grown incredibly for the rest of the season, at least) so that defensive coordinator Gus Bradley and offensive coordinator Greg Olson can stay in their roles for the rest of the season.

Bisaccia, 61, came to the Raiders with Gruden in 2018. In addition to being the special teams coach, he was the assistant head coach of the Raiders. He worked for Gruden with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during Gruden’s seven years there. Bisaccia, who as a fiery leader like Gruden, is in his 20th season in the NFL.

As has been heavily reported, Gruden resigned as Raiders’ head coach on Monday night in the wake of numerous offensive emails coming to light, including those containing racist tropes and homophobic comments aimed at prominent people around the league.