HENDERSON, Nev. — An emotional Derek Carr, who had forged a unique friendship with Jon Gruden over the past three-plus years, had an idea in the wake of the Las Vegas Raiders coach’s resignation after leaked emails showed he had used racist, misogynistic and anti-gay language over a seven-year period: “Open up everything.”
“If we just started opening up everybody’s private emails and texts, people would start sweating a little bit. … Hopefully not too many. But maybe that’s what they should do for all coaches and GMs and owners from now on, is open up,” the Raiders’ quarterback said Wednesday. “You’ve got to open up everything. See what happens.”
Of his former coach, Carr said: “I love the man, [but] you hate the sin. No one’s perfect.”
Less than 48 hours after Gruden’s resignation, Raiders owner Mark Davis, general manager Mike Mayock and interim head coach Rich Bisaccia addressed a team shaken emotionally to its core at a Wednesday morning meeting. The three delivered a simple message: Interim coaching situations usually happen late in a lost season.
“All of our goals are ahead of us,” Mayock said. “[We’re] 3-2, one game out of the AFC [West] lead. The focus has got to be on Denver.”
The Raiders, who play at the Denver Broncos on Sunday, are riding a two-game losing streak.
Speaking to reporters Wednesday, Mayock said Bisaccia was the right choice while intimating that the rest of the season would be an audition for all involved.
“He’s got as much respect in the locker room, in our locker room, as any coach I’ve ever seen in my life,” Mayock said of Bisaccia, who will retain his special teams coordinator duties.
“Is he a great coach? Hell yeah,” Mayock continued. “But he’s an even better man, and what I’ve always told people when I endorse him is that he’s the most natural leader of men that I have ever been around.”
Mayock now has the final say on personnel decisions over Bisaccia, a designation Gruden previously held over Mayock.
Bisaccia, 61, has been an NFL assistant for 20 seasons, 11 of those under Gruden, with stops in Tampa Bay, San Diego, Dallas and with the Raiders. But he has never been a head coach at any level since his career began in 1983.
He read a prepared statement at the beginning of his media availability.
“Coach Gruden gave me a chance to coach in the National Football League, and I’ll always be appreciative of that,” Bisaccia said, his voice cracking. “That being said, we all have a responsibility here and have to be accountable to our words and our actions. No one person is bigger than the Raiders shield. The Raiders have always stood for diversity, inclusion, social justice. It’s important to live those ideals and carry them into the future. We cannot change the past, but we can do more to maybe make tomorrow better.”
Bisaccia also echoed Mayock’s message.
“The thing that’s unique to us is, we have a good team,” he said. “We have 12 games [remaining], we feel we have a lot of time, we feel like all our goals…
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