Derek Carr entered the practice field on Wednesday waiting to hear a voice.
"I was waiting for him to click in the headset and start talking to me. Make a joke, make me laugh, throw me, throw me. "
But there is a new abrupt era in LasVegas, where Jon Gruden isn't joking about anything, and special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia is now the Raiders' interim head coach.
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"He has as much respect in the dressing room - in our dressing room - as any coach I have ever seen in my life," said Raiders general manager Mike. Mayock, about Bisaccia at the team 's training center on Wednesday.
"Is he a great coach? Damn yeah. But he's an even better man. And what i always told people when i backed him up is that he is the most natural leader of men i have ever known.
Bisaccia , now in his 20th season as an NFL coach, replaces Gruden, who resigned Monday after information surfaced about emails he sent before he was hired in 2018 containing comments racist, homophobic and misogynist.
Mayock has stated that he has supported Bissacia for head coaching positions in the past. And that Bissacia will be a natural fit for the Raiders due to the connections he has made. he established dans all three phases of the team, claiming that since Bissacia is the special teams coach he is involved with more players on the team than any other coach.
" It's easy to be moved ... it's definitely an exciting time, "said Bisaccia, whose first NFL job was under Gruden in 2002, when he was hired as coordinator. special teams for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
"Nobody wants to be a head coach in this particular situation, nobody wants to be faced with that in these particular circumstances. But it 's an opportunity. amazing, not just for me, but for all the other coaches to see what we can do with this adversity, see what we can do with this challenge. "
Mayock and Bisaccia have said that since Monday's revelations about Gruden rocked not only the Raiders, but the entire NFL, they addressed the locker room, along with owner Mark Davis and the team captains.
Davis declined to speak to reporters aside from a statement that he accepted Gruden's resignation.
Along with Mayock and Bisaccia, Carr, tight end Darren Waller and defensive end Maxx Crosby spoke to reporters after the training, all with the same thought process: time to move on, bring the Denver Broncos on.
The Raiders and Broncos, who are tied for second in the league. AFC West just one game away from the Los Angeles Chargers, meetenter Denver on Sunday.
"We have a good team, we are a 3-2 team, it's not like we're going through some kind of bad cycle and all of a sudden , there has been a change and it 's the end of the season and the season is over, "Bisaccia said. "We have 12 games; we feel like we have a lot of time. We feel like we have a lot of goals ahead of us.
Bisaccia said that 'he didn ' t believe the timing will be an issue due to the coaching staff in place.
Defensive coordinator Gus Bradley and defensive line coach Rod Marinelli all have both have head coaching experience, as does offensive line coach Tom Cable. Offensive coordinator Greg Olsen takes over the play call functions, which could lead to changes allowing Carr to expand the playbook with more passing play, rather than the court schedule.getting first from Gruden to set up the pass.
"I've been in this situation, I think it's my fifth head coach in eight years, so I know the feelings of when it's a good football team and when it's not, "Carr said.
" This team, the way we got there today, everything is still there for us. We are a good football team, we believe it. We have to play better, but we still think that we can compete with anyone.
"From an emotional point of view, I have a job to do. It has never changed, it doesn't matter who the coach is, it doesn't matter who is on the team with me. I have a job to do and that is to lead these men. Especially now, they need a leader more than ever. "
NOTES: Mayock has tosaid DE Carl Nassib, the first active openly gay NFL player, had requested a personal day. Mayock said the two had spoken several times and planned to meet on Wednesday night, but that Nassib told him "he has a lot to deal with ... and of course we support this request. " ... DT Johnathan Hankins (hip), DE Yannick Ngakoue (rest / knee) and Waller (rest / knee) were all non-participants on Wednesday.