June 23, 2024

If Antonio Pierce is able to remove the interim tag and become the permanent replacement for Josh McDaniels as the head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders, he may owe Rich Bisaccia a little debt of gratitude.

According to the MMQB’s Albert Breer, Raiders owner Mark Davis “regretted not giving Rich Bisaccia a full shot after the 2021 interim coach got the Raiders to the playoffs, and nearly knocked off the eventual AFC champion Bengals in the wild-card round.

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Only mentioning Bisaccia’s 7-5 record as interim coach for the Raiders does not do justice to the job he done.

Jon Gruden resigned over a scandal including racist, anti-gay, and misogynistic language he used in emails over the course of several years. Damon Arnette, a 2020 first-round pick, was

Despite everything, the Raiders made the playoffs for the first time since 2016. Bisaccia was not able to keep his job once McDaniels was hired in January 2022. He quickly joined the Green Bay Packers as their special teams coordinator.

Pierce hasn’t had the same obstacles as Bisaccia, but there’s no doubt he had to clean up the mess his predecessor left behind.

Many had written off Las Vegas after a 3-5 start that may have been flattering the team. The Raiders are now 7-8 and one game out of the last wild-card place. Pierce’s impact has been palpable, prompting rising calls for him to be retained beyond this season.

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