Suddenly, Mark Davis has a problem

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Whenever I hear the phrase “good problem to have,” my response is that the only good problem to have is no problem at all.

Raiders owner Mark Davis has a problem.

The players on his team want interim coach Rich Bisaccia to get the permanent job. Multiple players, including quarterback Derek Carr, have spoken out in favor of Bisaccia.

How can Davis hire someone else? How would anyone else want that job, under these circumstances?

It’s already hard enough to show up and take over a new team. On top of everything else, the next Raiders coach (if it’s not Bisaccia) will have to worry about converting (or perhaps getting rid of) those who wanted Bisaccia. While the situation would be temporary, it could set the tone for the new coach’s tenure. And it could prompt a coach with options to shy away from taking the job.

As of Saturday, there was a sense that, if the Raiders win or keep it close, Bisaccia would have a chance. They kept it close. And, in true Raiders fashion, a bad call conspired to keep them from winning. Why not give Bisaccia a full year as the head coach to show what he can do?

Meanwhile, as Davis decides what to do, maybe some of these other teams looking for coaches should do their due diligence regarding Bisaccia. Maybe his right-place, right-time performance could help someone else conclude he’s the right guy.

66 responses to “Suddenly, Mark Davis has a problem

  1. Derek Carr wants Bisaccia, but does Bisaccia or the Raiders or anyone want Carr? After that 2 TO performance in an otherwise winnable playoff game?

  2. Keep Rich Bisaccia. He did a great job with that he had. Raiders didn’t fold like many thought they would.

  3. It’s the whining about bad calls that is true Raiders fashion. Wah, immaculate reception, wah, tuck rule, wah.

  4. Winning games goes a long way toward winning the locker room. Rich Bisaccia did an admirable job this year. He should be commended for that and get real consideration for the job. He’s a genuine person, he’s a planner, his post game notes are spot on.

    However, he is not a strategist. Our team fails to score in the red zone or make any meaningful halftime adjustments. It’s a problem. The drafting has not been good outside of the late rounds either. The biggest thing working against Bisaccia’s bid for the head coaching position is the staff he endorses every week. It seems like he is well respected around the league so maybe he should make few calls and see if he can solve those problems. As a long time Raiders fan, I would be far more open to the idea of him leading the team if I believed in our play callers.

  5. The rest of the Raiders coaching staff is horrible. Tom Cable is an abomination. Bradley is a great teacher but is way too conservative and leaves the middle of the field way too often, and forcing his Lb into way too many mismatches. Then there’s Greg Olson, who on 4th and goal from the 9 yard line, has his two best players run 2 yard routes. How does this make many sense? If Rich stays, he has to overhaul the offence. Bradley can stay, cause his track record is good, but you have to get in him ti at least blitz a few times.

  6. The hiring of Chucky turned into a nightmare. Maybe sign Rich Bisaccia to a short term lower value contract. Bisaccia has never been hired as a permanent head coach in the NFL and might be willing to sign that contract. If it works out that is great. If it doesn’t work out then Davis can cut his losses and move on to another coach in a year or two. In my opinion Bisaccia did a fantastic job as the head coach especially considering all of the problems that the Raiders had this year off the field. He deserves a chance.

  7. A bad call almost kept the bengals from winning. Lets not forget that whistle was completely uncalled for. Bengals are here whether you like it or not.

  8. Raiders Offense is 2 offensive lineman (RG & RT) and a legit #1 WR away from being a top 5 offense. They traded away all their best lineman ( a top 5 unit before) and replaced it with rookies and inexperience and still won 10 games. Pair that with a defense on the rise and im really excited for next year.

  9. Mark Davis doesn’t have a problem. Mark Davis has solutions to choose from. Unless you’re Tom Brady, or Joe Montana, you’re the tail trying to wag the dog. After 8 seasons Derek Carr has zero playoff wins, and it’s clearly a QB league. If they don’t keep Bisaccia, they’ll hire a coach that everyone will be happy to play for. Coaching is not a problem in Las Vegas.

  10. Go and swing for Harbaugh, if he says no, go with Bisaccia with the premise he hires a solid OC. All the other candidates out there are not worth it to me.

  11. Derek Carr has never won anything with anyone. Who cares what he thinks? He threw the last pass to a guy double covered on the two yard line. Get rid of Carr and hire whomever you want

  12. Enough of this bad call thing. The whistle was at almost the exact time the ball was caught. That was a TD with other with or without a whistle

  13. Carr wants rich because such as a coach means carr keeps the job. What else would he say?

  14. The problem with players loving a guy is that the majority of players don’t stay on the same team very long. So what of players like him? How many of them will be around next year or beyond? Mark Davis really has no problem. The Raiders are easily the most attractive opening out of all of the available gigs. He doesn’t have to settle for anyone like his father did. I’m still pretty sure Harbaugh will be the next HC. He has the connections to bring in top notch assistants (Fangio) that Bisaccia can’t. Davis also has to win over the local market so it doesn’t just become a destination stadium. Harbaugh would sell tickets.

  15. If he is good enough to be your interim, he’s good enough. Good enough is good enough when it’s good enough to get you to the playoffs. Good grief.

  16. Signing Bisaccia to a one year “prove it with a clean slate” contract that matches Carr’s status, Davis is completely wrecked if the Raiders actually win and they both go off to greener pastures together.

  17. The Raiders current coaching staff looks a lot like the 70s Raiders…or extras who wandered off from the Sons of Anarchy set and found themselves on the Raiders sidelines.

  18. Tom Brady says:
    January 16, 2022 at 1:00 pm
    It’s the whining about bad calls that is true Raiders fashion. Wah, immaculate reception, wah, tuck rule, wah.

    ——————
    He wasn’t whining about the calls. Listen to the whole quote in context.

  19. Doesn’t matter who the coach is when you have bowl cut Davis running the team

    Commitment to Excrement

  20. If it’s Harbaugh, there is no problem. Harbaugh wouldn’t care that the players loved their previous coach and the players will readily accept a coach with proven NFL and playoff success. Winning covers a multitude of sins.

  21. Bisaccia has been around a long time and was one of the best special team coaches. But why did he never get the Head Coach job? Similar to Culley in Houston, maybe he’s just a placeholder for that name coach Davis wants. If he sticks around Davis might regret it as those many close games they had could turn in to close losses and he’ll be gone within a year or two anyway.

  22. Davis is in love with Coach Krazy from Michigan and will make him an offer he can’t refuse.

  23. I’d be okay with Bisaccia and even Gus Bradley staying, but Greg Olsen has to go. We need a more aggressive and creative OC.

  24. Bisaccia is plan B. It all depends on who else is available. If you have a chance to land a guy like Tomlin…you upgrade period. Carr and Crosby will say supportive things about whoever the coach is. The team makes too many mental errors that cost them games, a superior coach will help fix that.

  25. If Harbaugh can get Vic Fagnio as his DC, there is no problem whatsoever. His only problem is writing the check

  26. Man, if only their weren’t two more quarters after the bad call for the Raiders to, you know, score. It’s just sad that the NFL apparently allowed the Game to end the moment the call was made.

  27. Man, if only there weren’t two more quarters after the bad call for the Raiders to, you know, score. It’s just sad that the NFL apparently allowed the Game to end the moment the call was made.

  28. If Mark Davis had been forced to acquire a ream on his own, perhaps he would be fit to run it. But, like Jim Irsay of the Colts, he was handed everything. Under normal circumstances such people would be day laborers instead of owning billion dollar businesses.

  29. “The drafting has not been good outside of the late rounds either.”

    1. Bisaccia doesn’t do the drafting.
    2. Fair to criticize the Raiders for their 1st round picks. But they’ve found multiple starters in the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th rounds. Seems like the drafts have been mostly good.

  30. Players don’t have a say unless they win the Super Bowl. They didn’t win enough to be able to tell the owner who to hire.

  31. RB got the job because he was the assistant head coach. He was also the special teams coach. Promoting anyone else takes their efforts away from their real job.

    Learn what “interim” means.

  32. There is no problem – the entire team and org know Coach B is a good guy who did his job. The players have to voice their support.

    I don’t believe anyone in that building views him as a serious candidate.

  33. let’s not get carried away. Bisacci did okay – not great – going 7-6, with 5 of those wins against non-playoff teams. If the Raiders are happy with being average, he’s the man. Who are you kidding that Jim Harbaugh or Dan Quinn won’t immediately command the respect of the team if he were hired – both accomplished far more in the NFL already (coaching a team to the Super Bowl) than Bisacci.

  34. did he make any real adjustments to the team after chucky left that made them more successful?
    .
    carr isnt good enough to decide who his coach is.

  35. Flo, he’s an interim coach. They’ve still got to go through their process. It could lead back to Bisacci or to Harbaugh or someone else. There’s no problem.

  36. Some interim coaches just don’t look the part. There is just something “off”. Like they know they aren’t quite ready to be the big guy. But Bisaccia not only looks the part, he acts the part and seems to have done the job tremendously well under extremely tough circumstances. I’d love to see him get the job and the Raiders be on Hard Knocks next year. THAT would be fun to watch.

  37. I wonder how many raider players are okay with Carr speaking for them. He’s clearly not a leader.

  38. Nonsense. Players will always say that, in case the dude actually comes back. They will hire somebody else, and these professionals will get with the program and protect their own careers.

  39. The problem is; in all sports (Pro and College), how many times have we seen an Owner or AD hire a ‘one hit playoff wonder’ former asst., interim HC, give them a 3-5 year guaranteed contract and the following season, it starts becoming a never ending horrible disaster which ownership/management begin to regret? This has occurred more times than we can count. The only exception to hiring a coach like that would be if they win a SB, NBA, WS, NHL or national title in the same season. If they are genuinely convinced that by hiring Bisaccia as the permanent HC, a. ) this year’s success was not a fluke and b.) that he’ll be able to keep the momentum gained during it going then so be it! But the Raiders should shop around for ‘THE BEST HC’ that they can hire and not take the recommendation of a QB who may not be on he team next season.

  40. A bad call did not keep the Raiders from winning that game. No Raiders player believes that.

  41. Special teams coaches, that have to coach numerous aspects of the game, make good head coaches (See, Harbaugh, John). If he’s an organized leader that hires good assistants, he’ll be fine.

  42. The FPA will vehemently oppose a hiring like this without going through a “proper interview” process.

  43. Bisaccia has at least earned a full year as HC. David should lock him down now before he gets other offers.

  44. I know its a running joke, but in all seriousness, if the owner of a pro sports team doesn’t have the self awareness and respect to have a presentable appearance (read: haircut) how can you depend on him to make the BIG decisions????

  45. Sign him to a 1+3 deal. If he does well next year, he gets the next three. If not, you walk.

  46. jammasterjay says:
    January 16, 2022 at 4:31 pm
    I know its a running joke, but in all seriousness, if the owner of a pro sports team doesn’t have the self awareness and respect to have a presentable appearance (read: haircut) how can you depend on him to make the BIG decisions????

    ———–

    Tell that to Bill Gates.

  47. As others have pointed out, who cares what CARR thinks. He’s never won ANYTHING of any importance, so…. Just take a look at that last pass he threw and it will tell you all you need to know about Carr’s judgment. They should keep Rich and dump Carr!

  48. 1: The only conspiring was the officiating crew doing everything in their power to keep the Bengals from winning. Including attempting to blow a play dead as the WR went to catch a TD pass.

    2: You don’t pass on a Jim Harbaugh or other top tier HC because your interim HC limped into the Wild Card of the playoffs and lost.

  49. There is NO problem. He’s the owner. He can hire whomever he wants.

    My guess is that he will hire someone other than Bisaccia.

  50. Technically it was a bad call and the down should have been replayed. In reality the whistle had nothing to do with the TD. Man was wide open, ball is half way there, whistle, man is still wide open and makes an easy catch. Raiders can say they let up. They let up when they were beat anyway. Nobody was getting there. So a ref’s mistake would have cost the Bengals had the down been replayed and this post might be about how an inadvertent whistle saved the Raiders. The play deserved to be a TD, great play by Burrow. It’s a tough one to cry about if you are the Raiders because they were beat on the play fair and square.

  51. If Mark Davis had been forced to acquire a ream on his own, perhaps he would be fit to run it. But, like Jim Irsay of the Colts, he was handed everything. Under normal circumstances such people would be day laborers instead of owning billion dollar businesses.
    ===========

    About half the League are legacy owners, including two of the most successful franchises, the Steelers and Chiefs.

    Not sure where you are going with that.

  52. Find 3 other coaches that would’ve turned that train wreck around. No? Then keep him.

  53. The last time they kept an interim coach it was Tom Cable and the full season exposed him for being over his head.

    When a coach takes over mid season they rarely make wholesale changes to scheme, schedule, or message. Basically they’re acting like an assistant manager when thr boss is on vacation.

    Most guys can fill in, in a pinch. But when you give them executive control over the whole program from day 1 its an intriguing position.

    As a chiefs fan im pretty sure whichever move is the right one will be the opposite way they go.

    Heck of a job this year by staying in it though. Credit where its due.

  54. Bisaccia could be Marv Levy. But he’s probably more Mike Singletary. I’d go hard after Harbs for HC and Fangio for def. coord.

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