Rich Bisaccia aspires to drop Raiders interim coach tag

Rich Bisaccia has achieved something that Jon Gruden never did: get the Raiders to the postseason

HENDERSON — Rich Bisaccia He had just completed his first game as interim manager of Las vegas raiders in mid-October, a 34-24 road victory over the Denver Broncos.

The team’s star running back described the atmosphere along the sideline.

“It was like there was no anxiety. It was weird. It’s like everyone is calm. There was no one insulting you or going crazy against the referees, none of that,” he said. Josh Jacobs, referring to the differences between bisaccia and former head coach, Jon Gruden.

There is another notable difference between the two. bisaccia got something that Gruden he couldn’t since he returned to training in 2018: the Raiders are going to play the playoffs.

The team of Las Vegas had his share of serious off-sports problems this season. Gruden resigned after an email scandal; Henry Ruggs III was cut after police accused him of crashing his vehicle while intoxicated, causing the death of a woman; Damon Arnette he also left the team after posting a video online, in which he was seen threatening someone with a gun, and Nate Hobbs He was arrested last week for driving under the influence of a substance.

However, the Raiders capped an unexpected run to the playoffs with a last-second win over Los Angeles Chargers to secure your ticket.

“Our entire coaching staff takes great pride in the team and the way they competed,” he said. bisaccia after Sunday’s 35-32 victory over The Angels. “This is what we try to preach every day. We look for a way to improve a little, to progress when the day is over.

And without anxiety, apparently.

It is somewhat complicated for a team that in the midst of its vicissitudes was reeling with a 1-5 mark. During that stretch, he was outpointed 194-103. And one of those losses was at home against the team he will face in the first round, the Cincinnati Bengals.

But the team that will receive the Bengals on Saturday, is very different from the one they defeated 32-13 on November 21.

And it all starts from the top.

bisaccia he has reason to aspire to have the interim label removed from his position. It has given a sense of calm to a team that, in addition to having off-sports problems, overcame injuries and positive tests for COVID-19.

The Raiders are in the postseason for the first time since the 20016 campaign, and only for the second time since they represented the AFC at Super bowl from the 2002 season.

They’re hoping their four-game win streak will give them the fuel they need to work through a short week to exact revenge on Cincinnati and stay alive.

“When you think about everything this team has been through, what they have overcome to be in this position, life has definitely given them many paths,” he said. charles woodson to The Associated Press after Sunday’s meeting. “No one owes them a shot at making the playoffs.”

no one except bisaccia.