UPDATE: GM Mike Mayock will address the media Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. PT.
By saying very little, Las Vegas Raiders owner Mark Davis has said a lot.
In his first public comments since the shocking resignation of head coach Jon Gruden on Monday night because of offensive emails and the use of a racist trope, Davis made brief statement to ESPN about the saga. He told Raiders’ reporter Paul Gutierrez: “I have no comment. Ask the NFL. They have all the answers.”
Just spoke with #Raiders owner Mark Davis: "I have no comment. Ask the NFL. They have all the answers." Also confirmed that Mike Mayock remains GM and now has 51 percent control of roster decisions, with interim coach Rich Bisaccia at 49 percent. Was Gruden 51/Mayock 49 before.— Paul Gutierrez (@PGutierrezESPN) October 13, 2021
So far, no one from the Raiders leadership brass has spoken publicly about Gruden’s ouster. From the tone of Davis’ words to ESPN, I wouldn’t expect him to have much to say on the situation anytime soon. Interim head coach Rich Bisaccia is scheduled to address the media on Wednesday afternoon.
From reading between the lines, it seems that Davis feels like the league knows more about the Gruden emails than he does. Davis, though, had been in possession of all of the emails since Friday. Some of them were leaked publicly Friday and then more on Monday. Gruden resigned shortly after the second wave of emails were reported.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported on Tuesday that Davis met with the team’s coaching staff and expressed “frustration” with the Gruden situation.
Source: Raiders owner Mark Davis addressed his staff this morning & expressed his frustration w/ the Jon Gruden situation but made it clear that “no one is bigger than the shield.” Davis has still not addressed the media. Gruden’s replacement, Rich Bisaccia, will speak tomorrow.— Cassie Soto (@_CassieSoto) October 12, 2021
It is interesting that Davis said Mayock had 51 percent control of the roster decisions and Bisaccia has 49 percent. Usually, interim coaches are simply caretakers for the rest of the season.