Las Vegas Raiders owner Mark Davis had to make a difficult decision at the end of last season. Interim head coach Rich Bisaccia led the team to an unprecedented playoff run, making the playoffs for only the second time since 2002. Despite this, Davis decided to leave the coaching job and hire former New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.
A reasonable decision at the time. Although the Raiders made the playoffs, they had to do it by winning four straight games by one point. Bisaccia is a well-respected coach for special teams, but these types of coaches don’t usually get head coaching jobs. Davis wanted to walk away from the Jon Gruden era and he had to walk away from Bisaccia to do that.
However, the Raiders are 0-3 below McDaniels and things are not looking good. If the team continues to struggle, many will wonder if he is the right man for the future. In fact, some already believe the team made a mistake. Veteran NFL analyst Ross Tucker asked what the team would look like if Bisaccia were head coach now.
“I think it’s fair to wonder what their record would be with Rich Bisaccia as head coach,” Tucker said on “The Ross Tucker Podcast.“Remember they won all those close games and made the playoffs?”
Tucker then definitely said that Bisaccia would have been a better choice and called out Davis.
“Mark Davis thought he was too good for Bisaccia,” Tucker said. “It’s not really a big Josh McDaniel talking point. I just thought Bisaccia deserved the opportunity to continue coaching this football team. I have a feeling Mark Davis screwed it up. In the small sample I found Bisaccia very good.”
Should Raiders have hired Bisaccia?
Bisaccia may not have landed a head coaching job this offseason but is thriving as the new special coordinator for the Green Bay Packers. He helped turn one of the NFL’s worst special teams into a very good one. While he clearly knows how to coach special teams, it’s understandable why Davis had reservations about giving him the full-time head coaching job.
The Raiders captured lightning in a bottle last season. Her winning style was unsustainable. The team had a -65 point difference, which was the tenth worst in the league. Bisaccia deserves a lot of credit for what he has done and how he is able to lead a team. That said, it’s far from a guarantee that the Raiders would be better with him as head coach right now.
Davis will be patient with McDaniels: report
Many are willing to declare McDaniels a flop and some fans have even called for him to be fired. There’s no doubt the Raiders are the most disappointing team in the NFL, but firing the head coach won’t turn the season around right now. Davis knows it and he’ll be patient while McDaniels and general manager Dave Ziegler fix the team, per Pro Football Network’s Aaron Wilson.
“This team, if you look closely, isn’t set up to be successful,” a league source told Wilson. “It’s going to take time and patience and get more from the players that want Josh and Dave there before they can really be competitive. They’re in a strained division that has great quarterbacks and they inherited a mess. There are many good reasons why Mayock and Gruden are no longer around. This is hard work for Josh and Dave. It’s not a quick fix situation. The owner, Mark Davis, understands this and is on board with what they are doing. However, it is difficult to see at the moment.”
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