Raiders hold first press conference after Jon Gruden resignation

Mike Mayock, Rich Bisaccia, and select players on schedule
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Rich Bisaccia
Posted at 11:33 AM, Oct 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-14 01:10:35-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Las Vegas Raiders' general manager Mike Mayock spoke to the media Wednesday for the first time after head coach Jon Gruden resigned earlier this week.

Mayock started the press conference by saying he respects Gruden's decision and is moving on.

Mayock also said the team is focused on Denver this week and the young team is confident in themselves and respects new interim head coach Rich Bisaccia.

The team announced Bisaccia's new role with the team on Monday after Gruden resigned after emails surfaced containing derogatory comments.

Mayock says several general managers in the league have told him to trust his gut when it comes to the current situation and that his role is to serve the coaching staff.

Raiders defensive end Carol Nassib, who came out as gay earlier this year, requested a personal day Tuesday, according to Mayock, and said he also supports that.

Bisaccia, who has been with the Raiders since 2018, also addressed the media for the first time as interim head coach on Wednesday. He said Gruden gave him a chance to coach in the NFL and for that, he will be forever grateful, but you have to be held accountable for your words and actions and that no one is bigger than the Raiders shield.

Bisaccia also said that offensive coordinator Greg Olson will call the offense and has a close relationship with quarterback Derek Carr. He additionally noted that the Raiders remain a good team with high expectations.

Carr followed Mayock and Bisaccia at the podium during Wednesday's press conference and said he has a lot of emotions as didn't see any of the current situation coming but he has a job to do and that's to be a strong voice and lead the team.

Carr said he loved Gruden and was very close with him but doesn't agree with that kind of talk or action.

The Raiders quarterback says he is remaining focused on the good and the team's goals are still obtainable this year.

Defensive end Maxx Crosby said Wednesday that the team remains tight-knit with the same standards and expectations.