Sport Who is Rich Bisaccia? Las Vegas Raiders name interim head coach after Jon Gruden resigns
Las Vegas Raiders interim coach Rich Bisaccia thanks Jon Gruden, looks to move team forward
Following his first practice since taking over for Jon Gruden, longtime NFL assistant Rich Bisaccia emphasizes ideals of "diversity, inclusion, social justice."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.
Afterfollowing the emergence of homophobic and racist comments he had made in emails years earlier, special teams coordinator and assistant head coach Rich Bisaccia will take over as the team's interim head coach, the Raiders announced.
Bisaccia, 61, is in his 20th year as an NFL coach but has never served as a head coach at any level.
Bisaccia had served as special teams coordinator and assistant head coach twice on Gruden's staffs: for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2002-08 (he remained with the team through 2010) and the Raiders beginning in 2018. He also held the same positions for the San Diego Chargers (2011-12) and Dallas Cowboys (2013-17).
Rich Bisaccia will serve as Raiders’ interim head coach
Raiders special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia long has sought to become a head coach. He surely did not want it to be this way, but the long-time assistant coach now gets an opportunity to show he deserves a full-time head coaching job. Bisaccia, the assistant head coach, will serve as interim head coach of the [more]Bisaccia, the assistant head coach, will serve as interim head coach of the team, the team announced.
The Yonkers, New York, native played defensive back for Yankton College in South Dakota, where he was a four-year starter.
Linebacker Justin March-Lillard, who played for Bisaccia's Cowboys special teams in 2017, said Bisaccia was emphatic on competitive style.
"How do you compete, regardless of the score, regardless of the situation going on?" March-Lillard told USA TODAY Sports by phone Monday night. "How do you block all that out and get situated to where you’re happy with your results?
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"He’s so upfront about everything, he’s going to be truthful with you and not really sugarcoat it much. You’re going to know he cares even if it’s not as happy as you might want it to be. You’re going to know he cares just by his approach to you as a man first. That’s the way he leads.
"He’s not afraid to take accountability for himself and he pushes all the guys in the room to hold ourselves accountable and compete at a high level."
March-Lillard, who played four seasons for the Cowboys beginning with his Bisaccia overlap, credits Bisaccia's strict standards with extending his career. The coordinator was ready to let a player know if his coverage was letting down other teammates or his punt set wasn't sufficient to earn the coordinator's trust and warrant playing time. But when challenges arose, Bisaccia's temperament stayed even. March-Lillard remembered the Cowboys' 2017 game at the 49ers, when then-Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey suffered a groin injury, leaving Dallas without a kicker. March-Lillard remembers Bisaccia "not really being shook in the moment." Consistency and principles were stressed.
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"He always talked about his core values as a man, coach, father and husband," March-Lillard said. "He’s the same guy every day and you know what you’re going to get from him. If you mess up, he’s not going to let it slide by. If you make a good play, he’s not going to let you get too high on the moment because you have to go out there and do it again.
"With everything that just happens out of the blue and you have to handle it and adjust, he’s definitely the perfect guy in the role."
Bisaccia was tabbed for the position ahead of defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, offensive line coach Tom Cable and defensive line coach Rod Marinelli, all of whom have previous NFL head-coaching experience.
Bisaccia will meet with the media on Wednesday.
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