The Las Vegas Raiders wrapped up a tumultuous season with a 26-19 playoff loss to the Bengals on Saturday in Cincinnati.
The team now moves into the offseason looking for a new coach and a new general manager as current GM Mike Mayock was fired on Monday. The firing of Mayock doesn’t bode well for interim head coach Rich Bisaccia as a new GM will probably want to have some say in who the new head coach will be. The Raiders have already asked for permission to interview Patriots linebackers coach Jerod Mayo for the head coaching position. University of Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh is also said to be under consideration.
There’ll be numerous candidates for Raiders’ owner Mark Davis to consider for the GM position.
The team does deserve credit for battling through the loss of former head coach Jon Gruden who was fired early in the season after an email scandal, and the loss of key players including wide receiver Henry Ruggs III who was released from the team after being involved in a fatal car accident involving DUI, and cornerback Damon Arnette, who was released after a video surface of him brandishing guns and making threats. Star tight end Darren Waller was injured for a large part of the season but the team rallied around quarterback Derek Carr.
The Raiders did bring excitement to the city as fans were allowed to attend home games this season at Allegiant Stadium. Raider fans will definitely look forward to more excitement next season.