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Raiders on hunt for revolutionary GM after parting ways with Mayock

Under Mayock, the Raiders improved their record each season culminating with a playoff berth this yearGETTY IMAGES

The Raiders are "expected to act expeditiously in finding a replacement" for fired GM Mike Mayock, according to Vincent Bonsignore of the LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL. After firing Mayock yesterday, the sense is the Raiders "will prioritize either someone with prior experience in the position or a candidate who has played a strong role in a current winning program." Whoever they ultimately choose is "expected to play a big role in the hiring of the next head coach, or be a package deal with whoever they decide on as the permanent head coach" (LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, 1/18). In Las Vegas, Ed Graney writes Raiders Owner Mark Davis is "starting over on the management side of the ledger," his team having been eliminated from the AFC playoffs in a loss against the Bengals on Saturday. Graney: "Who can blame Davis after a season of such drama and disorder off the field?" There is "much to be said for a fresh start, especially when you consider all that transpired with the Raiders in 2021" (LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, 1/18). ESPN’s Dan Graziano said, "This many changes in the front office this quickly is an indication that ownership has more changes in mind” (“Get Up,” ESPN, 1/18). 

LONG TIME COMING? THE ATHLETIC's Tafur & Reed wrote this "isn't a shocking move." Mayock "deferred final decision-making power on roster moves" to former coach Jon Gruden, but "assumed that responsibility" after Gruden resigned last October. He made small transactions along the way, but he "didn't make any significant moves that would sway his job status moving forward." A lack of overall roster quality "led to Mayock's departure." The Raiders had "big trade and free agency misses under Mayock's watch," and they also had "multiple first-round picks not pan out" (THEATHLETIC.com, 1/17). ESPN.com's Paul Gutierrez wrote while Gruden "did have final say on personnel," the Raiders "missed far more often than not on their 23 combined picks in his and Mayock's three drafts together." Four of Las Vegas' top five picks in the '20 draft "were gone in less than a season and a half" (ESPN.com, 1/17).

NEXT IN LINE: In Las Vegas, Case Keefer notes Davis "doesn't owe any apologies now that it appears he's waffling on whether to commit to [interim head coach Rich] Bisaccia in a permanent fashion." A week ago, Bisaccia "would have been the favorite to get promoted to the full-time job," but now he "must be seen as a more of a long shot" after the Raiders parted ways with Mayock. Bisaccia "will still get an interview," but he will "now likely need to convince both Davis and the incoming general manager that he's the right person for the job" (LAS VEGAS SUN, 1/18).

POOR EXECUTION: SI.com's Albert Breer wrote, "I can understand why the team would want to clear the decks and start anew after the way 2021 went," but the handling of the Mayock situation "was bizarre." Mayock's scouting department spent yesterday "working through free agency and college all-star game assignments, only to see on social media in the afternoon that the Raiders had submitted a request" for Patriots Assistant Dir of Pro Personnel Dave Ziegler to "interview for a GM spot that they didn't know was open." Breer: "That it went down this way, to me, is just bad business on the part of the Raiders" (SI.com, 1/17). ESPN’s Booger McFarland said firing Mayock is a “mistake.” He has “done an outstanding job” and is a "well-respected personnel guy." ESPN’s Suzy Kolber: “Why can no one see that stability and continuity also means a lot?” Kolber said the Raiders “overcame so much adversity this season, just making it to the postseason was a success” (“Monday Night Countdown,” ESPN, 1/17).

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