The Las Vegas Raiders suffered a frustrating early exit from the NFL postseason.
A comeback attempt against the Cincinnati Bengals failed and the Raiders have not won a playoff game in two decades.
Even getting to this point was a feat in itself after Jon Gruden resigned during the season over his email scandal.
That left interim head coach Rich Bisaccia trying to prove he deserved the long-term position.
The loss did not help his cause and the same is true for GM Mike Mayock, who was aligned with Gruden from the start.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter revealed the Raiders are conducting interviews for both positions.
Raiders still have HC Rich Bisaccia and GM Mike Mayock in place, but it hasn’t stopped Las Vegas from looking.
Raiders requested permission to interview Patriots ILB coach Jerod Mayo for HC and Patriots director of player personnel Dave Ziegler for their GM job, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 17, 2022
So no moves have been made just yet.
But this is especially a bad sign for Mayock, because he does not carry any interim tag.
While Bisaccia could still interview against the competition, Mayock is seeing replacements be interviewed before his eyes.
Raiders Must Act Fast
The Raiders are late to the interview party after spending a week preparing for a postseason game.
A quarter of the league is looking for new head coaches and a handful are looking for new GMs as well.
That means Las Vegas probably only has a week or so to come to some ultimate decisions.
A team like the Jacksonville Jaguars, for example, is weeks ahead in the search for a new head coach.
Bisaccia has a great case to stay after rallying the team to get to the postseason.
He has the trust of the team and guided them through controversy and tragedy this season.
But perhaps that changes if the Raiders decide on a new GM who wants to pick their own head coach.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 17, 2022
Everything is up in the air and the Raiders are known for making surprising decisions.
More could be coming after another disappointing finish.