Las Vegas Raiders interim coach Rich Bisaccia thanks Jon Gruden, looks to move team forward

Las Vegas Raiders interim head coach Rich Bisaccia met the media on Wednesday for the first time since former coach Jon Gruden’s resignation, vowing to rely on veteran players and coaches to keep the team moving forward.

Bisaccia, a longtime assistant and special teams coach under Gruden with the Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, began his first news conference with a statement acknowledging the unusual circumstances.

“Coach Gruden gave me a chance to coach in NFL. I’ll always be appreciative of that. That being said, we all have a responsibility here to be accountable to our words and our actions,” he said. 

“No one person is bigger than the Raiders shield. The Raiders have always stood for diversity, inclusion, social justice. It’s important to live those ideals and carry them into the future. We cannot change the past, but we can do more to maybe make tomorrow better.”

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Bisaccia described the events of Monday – from when The New York Times broke its story about homophobic and misogynistic emails Gruden had sent over a seven-year period to Gruden submitting his resignation to him being named interim head coach – as “a blur.” 

After a standard off day on Tuesday, Bisaccia conducted his first practice before meeting the media. 

“No one wants to be a head coach in this particular situation,” he said. “No one wants to be put in front of this under these particular circumstances. But it’s an incredible opportunity, not only for me but for all the other coaches that are here, to see what we can do with this adversity, see what we can do with this challenge.”

🔴🎥 Live: Interim Head Coach Rich Bisaccia and select players address the media live from the Intermountain Healthcare Performance Center in Henderson. https://t.co/9fgf4NjhRL

— Las Vegas Raiders (@Raiders) October 13, 2021

While Gruden also called the plays as head coach, Bisaccia said he would turn over those duties to offensive coordinator Greg Olson going forward. In addition to serving two stints with the Raiders (2013-14, 2018-20), Olson has also served as offensive coordinator for the Rams, Lions, Buccaneers and Jaguars.

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© David Becker, AP Rich Bisaccia is in his fourth season with the Raiders, including the past three years as assistant head coach.

The Raiders take a record of 3-2 into their game this Sunday at Denver.

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1/18 SLIDES © Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAY Sports Jon Gruden during his final game as Las Vegas Raiders head coach, a 20-9 defeat to the Chicago Bears at Allegiant Stadium on Oct. 10, 2021.
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2/18 SLIDES © Ron Chenoy, USA TODAY Sports Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden reacts following a penalty in the second half against the Denver Broncos at Empower Field at Mile High on Dec. 29, 2019.
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3/18 SLIDES © Darren Yamashita, USA TODAY Sports Jon Gruden celebrates with fans after a 26-24 win over the Los Angeles Chargers at Oakland Coliseum on Nov. 7, 2019.
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4/18 SLIDES © Eric Risberg, AP Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden and an NFL Films cameraman filming for the HBO series “Hard Knocks” during training camp on July 29, 2019, in Napa, California.
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5/18 SLIDES © Jeff Chiu, AP Oakland Raiders coach Jon Gruden talks with team owner Mark Davis during an NBA game between the Golden State Warriors and the San Antonio Spurs in Oakland, Calif., on March 8, 2018.
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6/18 SLIDES © Marcio Jose Sanchez, AP Oakland Raiders new head coach Jon Gruden poses for photographs next to owner Mark Davis (left) and general manager Reggie McKenzie during his introduction press conference on Jan. 9, 2018.
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7/18 SLIDES © AP ESPN broadcaster and former NFL head coach Jon Gruden walks with his brother, Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden, after practice at the team’s training facility in Richmond, Virginia, on July 25, 2014.
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8/18 SLIDES © Brian Blanco, AP Jon Gruden runs onto the field as the Buccaneers honor their 2002 Super Bowl-winning team on Dec. 9, 2012.
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11/18 SLIDES © Chris O’Meara, AP Jon Gruden grimaces as he speaks to the media during his weekly news conference on Dec. 29, 2008 in Tampa, Fla. The Buccaneers lost to the Oakland Raiders 31-24 in the season finale, finishing the season at 9-7 and out of the playoffs. He was fired by the Buccaneers after the 2008 season.
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12/18 SLIDES © ROBERT HANASHIRO, USA TODAY Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Jon Gruden holds up the Vince Lombardi Trophy after winning Super Bowl XXXVIII against the Oakland Raiders at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, CA on Jan. 26, 2003.
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13/18 SLIDES © DAVE MARTIN, Associated Press Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Jon Gruden is doused by players Derrick Brooks (left) and John Lynch (47) after the Bucs defeated the Oakland Raiders, 48-21, in Super Bowl XXXVII in San Diego on Jan. 26, 2003.
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14/18 SLIDES © WINSLOW TOWNSON, Associated Press Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden shouts during his team’s 16-13 overtime loss in the “Tuck Rule” game against the New England Patriots in the AFC divisional playoffs in Foxboro, Mass. on Jan. 19, 2002.
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