LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The Las Vegas Raiders have a list of things to do this offseason, and one of them involves finding a new head coach. With interviews heating up, Rich Bisaccia will have a unique opportunity to remove the interim tag off his name.
“I’ve never seen someone with the ear of the locker room. Not just one player, not just one side, but everybody," quarterback Derek Carr said of Bisaccia.
Since being tabbed as the interim head coach in October, the 61-year-old has had to guide a team that’s dealt with tragedy. From former head coach Jon Gruden resigning due to controversial emails to the release of two first-round picks due to off-field issues — including a deadly accident that killed a 23-year-old woman — Bisaccia has proven that he can right the ship.
“I love Rich. I’m biased, obviously, but he’s a great coach. He got us to 10 wins," said defensive end Maxx Crosby. "It just shows you that Rich is a great leader — one of the best people I know, one of the most honest people I know. I’ll go to bat for him any day of the week.”
From guiding a team to 10 wins along with a trip to the playoffs for the first time in five seasons, Bisaccia has not only won the hearts of the players but also the fans.
“He’s a player’s coach. He knows how to deal with everything, and obviously you know what he’s had to deal with," said Adrian Balderas. "I think he’s done an amazing job. I think the sky is the limit for that guy.”