HENDERSON, Nevada – An emotion Derek carr, who had forged a unique friendship with Jon Gruden over the past three plus years, had an idea as a result of the Las Vegas Adventurers the coach’s resignation after the email leak showed he had used racist, misogynistic and anti-gay language over a span of seven years: “Open up.”
“If we just started opening everyone’s private emails and texts, people would start sweating a bit.… Hopefully not too much. But maybe that’s what everyone should do. coaches, general managers and owners from now on, it’s open, ”the Raiders quarterback said Wednesday. “You have to open everything. See what happens.”
Of his former trainer, Carr said: “I love the man, [but] you hate sin. Nobody is perfect.”
Less than 48 hours after Gruden resigned, Raiders owner Mark Davis, general manager Mike Mayock and interim head coach Rich Bisaccia addressed an emotionally upset team in a meeting Wednesday morning. All three delivered a simple message: Interim training situations usually occur at the end of a lost season.
“All of our goals are in front of us,” Mayock said. “[We’re] 3-2, a game outside the AFC [West] lead. The focus should be on Denver. “
The Raiders, who play Denver Broncos Sunday, are on a two-game losing streak.
Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Mayock said Bisaccia was the right choice while hinting that the rest of the season would be an audition for everyone involved.
“He has as much respect in the locker room, in our locker room, as any coach I’ve ever seen in my life,” Mayock said of Bisaccia, who will continue as the special teams coordinator.
“Is he a great coach? Hell yeah,” continued Mayock. “But he’s an even better man, and what I’ve always told people when I approve of him is that he’s the most natural leader of men I’ve ever known.”
Mayock now has the final say on staff decisions regarding Bisaccia, a designation Gruden previously held on Mayock.
Bisaccia, 61, has been an NFL assistant for 20 seasons, including 11 under Gruden, with stops in Tampa Bay, San Diego, Dallas and with the Raiders. But he’s never been a head coach at any level since he started his career in 1983.
He read a statement prepared at the start of his media availability.
“Coach Gruden gave me a chance to coach in the National Football League, and I will always be grateful for it,” said Bisaccia, voice broken. “That being said, we all have a responsibility here and must be responsible for our words and actions. No one is greater than the shield of the Raiders. The Raiders have always stood for diversity, inclusion, social justice. . It is important to live these ideals and carry them into the future. We cannot change the past, but we can do more to maybe make tomorrow better. “
Bisaccia also echoed Mayock’s post.
“What is unique to us is that we have a good team,” he said. “We have 12 games [remaining], we feel that we have a lot of time, we have the impression that all our objectives are still in front of us.
“We were 3-0 at one point, we lost two games. There’s a bump in the road, it’s not the end of the road. We’re just going to put our heads together and put the players in the best position. position they can win the game, and we’ll see what happens on Sunday. … I have a 7 year old granddaughter who can put a bunch of X’s and O’s on the board, but I tell the players all the time, they are the ones who give life to the X’s and the O’s. “
Gruden had been the playmaker in attack. That responsibility will now rest with offensive coordinator Greg Olson, who was the Raiders’ CO and playmaker when Carr was a rookie in 2014.
Carr said hearing Olson’s voice during practice was familiar, but shocking, given the time he had heard with Gruden.
The training ground was a respite from the emotional tidal wave the Raiders had been feeling.
“What I told the players this morning is that there is a wide range of opinions about Jon Gruden, from total condemnation to total empathy and everything in between,” Mayock said. “And what I said to the players, basically, is that you are entitled to your position. You are entitled to your opinion on it. But ultimately… the team has to come first at some point, after family and your religion.
“I spoke to several black players. We contacted a group of players, black and white. Everyone has emotions and feelings. I spoke to some people in my department who are black. My scout director pro [Dwayne Joseph], I just said, ‘DJ, I can’t put myself in your shoes, help me.’ “
Defensive end Carl Nassib, the first active NFL player to announce he’s gay, requested and got a personal day.
“We spent quite a bit of time trying to help these guys and talk to these guys, not talk to them but talk to them,” Mayock said. “The other thing I would say is right for Carl [Nassib], let’s be honest, this is an openly gay community.
“We have a great community of African American players. We try to do whatever we can for that community as well, obviously. It started there. Nobody forgets that. I try to work with everyone. and we’re gonna keep doing it. “
When asked who he was thinking of on his first day as interim coach, Bisaccia said he was thinking of his parents.
“My father [acted like he] was the head coach of the New York Giants, “he said.” He never told anyone, you know? I have five sisters, four children, five grandchildren. Have the opportunity to coach the Las Vegas Raiders. Wow, isn’t it? So, I guess, really, that’s the only thing I’m going to choke on. “