Mike Mayock addresses Jon Gruden’s resignation

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Raiders owner Mark Davis did not speak at Wednesday’s news conference. Davis’ only public comment about Jon Gruden’s resigantion was to ESPN on Wednesday, telling Paul Gutierrez, “I have no comment. Ask the NFL. They have all the answers.”

That left Raiders General Manager Mike Mayock in the unenviable position of standing in as the voice of the organization in the wake of Gruden’s departure. Gruden apologized Friday after the leak of a 2011 email in which Gruden used a racial trope in describing NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith, who is Black.

Gruden resigned Monday after another round of emails, which included misogynistic and anti-gay language directed at NFL personnel, were made public.

Judy Battista of NFL Media reports Davis was made aware of the additional emails from Gruden before the Raiders’ Week 5 game against the Bears, prompting a question to Mayock about why the team let Gruden coach Sunday.

“I think the reality of that is that Mark Davis really is the one that was dealing with that and I think he felt like, and I don’t want to speak for Mark, but there was an awful lot of due diligence that had to go on on his side of this,” Mayock said, via NFL Media. “All that I knew was a bombshell had been dropped. The players talked about it. We talked about it with the players. Jon dealt with it. . . . Again, Mark was dealing with all the email stuff. We were trying to prepare for a football game. When we came out of the game and the rest of it came out, I think Mark was already in the middle of his due diligence. I think he was trying to figure it all out, and again I know what the guy stands for and I think he was trying to do the right thing.”

Gruden was working for ESPN at the time he wrote the emails, which were discovered as part of the NFL’s investigation into workplace misconduct within the Washington Football Team.

Defensive end Carl Nassib, the NFL’s first openly gay active player, received a personal day Wednesday, and Mayock was asked whether any Black players had requested personal time.

“I’ve talked to several of the Black players. We’ve reached out to a bunch of players, Black and white,” Mayock said. “Everybody’s got emotions and feelings. I’ve talked to some of the people in my department that are Black. My director of pro scouting [Dwayne Joseph], and I just said, ‘DJ, I can’t put myself in your shoes. Help me.’ So we’ve spent a pretty good amount of time trying to help these guys and talk with these guys and not talk at them, but with them.

“The other thing I would say is for Carl, let’s be honest, he’s a community of one that’s openly gay. We do have a large community of African-American players, and I’m trying to, we’re trying to do everything we can for that community as well, obviously. It started there. Nobody’s forgetting that. I’m trying to work with everyone, and we’re going to continue to do that.”

24 responses to “Mike Mayock addresses Jon Gruden’s resignation

  1. I’ve been a avid fan of pro football over 50 years and really use to enjoy it. Honestly, if it wasn’t for fantasy football with close friends I would stop paying attention. The NFL needs to get their act together.

  2. Actually now that Gruden is gone and if Mayock stays, it’s possible that their drafting could improve a lot. I would be curious to see how well Mayock drafts when he has more power to make the selections he wants. It would impact other acquisitions and deletions too, not just the draft, but I’m most curious how well he would draft without Gruden telling him what to do.

  3. We want to see Bruce Allen’s replies to Gruden’s emails. We want to see the correspondence between Dan Snyder and Jerry Jones over the years. We want to see the specific period of communications surrounding Snyder’s and Jones’ attempt to get Goodell ousted. We want more. And we will get more

  4. Mayock’s a good man, I think who was GREAT on TV. He’s in over his head here, and he’ll be back on TV soon enough I’d imagine.

  5. Polish up that resume & load up the botox, Mike.
    You will be looking for another TV gig here pretty soon….

  6. I bet it was Gruden who made the final call on Ferrell.That pick should have been Allen, and everyone knew it except Gruden.

  7. We want to see every NFL employees emails for at least the last ten years,and since Gruden wasn’t working for the NFL when this happen we want to see every email sent form the media the last ten years,all of them! You can’t have an organization that releases some peoples emails and not everyone’s that’s not equality! Let’s go!

  8. You have to love the people twisting themselves in knots to defend a piece of garbage like Gruden.

  9. He’s the person who just got the remote control after never having it. Let’s see if he makes any deals to try to set himself apart from Gruden and his roster choices.

  10. It’s pretty well known by real NFL fans that Gruden has been in control of personnel decisions including the draft and not Mayock since they have both been there. Will be great to see how Mayock does now that he is in control as he cannot be blamed for all of the bad picks under Gruden’s watch.

  11. NFL Small Family. If I was Mr Davis and wanted to fire Gruden and save face, I would call my buddy, who works for me, and ask for help. He provided a small sample but Gruden didnt budge, they said it was a slow roll. Rolled a little harder, Gruden is gone, announce on Monday Night Football, nice captive audiance. No Fridays before a long weekend coming up?

  12. I always had the impression that Gruden had “smartest guy in the room” syndrome, where he couldn’t just make the “safe” or expected pick, he had to act like he knew something everyone else didn’t. His reaches in recent years haven’t had a good track record.

  13. mullman7675 says:
    October 13, 2021 at 6:42 pm
    The Raiders didn’t deserve this.


    More like, Mike Mayock doesn’t deserve this, and the Raiders don’t deserve Mike Mayock.

  14. Now that Gruden is out of the way Mike Mayock I going to build a winner. Lots of people writing him off, but he’s going to really build a winner.

  15. That’s one guy removed that should have never been there, now just get ride of this TV guy that has no clue how to manage a football team.

    That Mack trade really paid off, LMAOOOOOOO

  16. This just sounds like a guy who actually wants to do things right. Not just falling on the sword, trying to say all the right corporate speak, but actually trying to be a decent person. It makes me root for him to have a chance to do that job without Gruden making him take players 15-25 slots earlier than anyone else would.

  17. Mayock handled this situation as a class act. Now, I’d love to see emails from the NFLPA since they are the driving force behind some of this.

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