Sport Greg Olson to take over as Raiders play-caller after Jon Gruden departure
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.
The resignation of head coach Jon Gruden on Monday not only left the Las Vegas Raiders without a head coach but without a play-caller as well.
Interim head coach Rich Bisaccia said on Wednesday that offensive coordinator Greg Olson will now handle the play-calling for the Raiders moving forward after Gruden’s departure from the team.
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“,” tight end told reporters. “I believe in (Greg). I believe that he gives us a chance to win. I believe that he believes in Derek and his ability. They’re going to make things a little more simple for guys and we’re just going to go out there and play and have fun.”
Who is Rich Bisaccia? Las Vegas Raiders name interim head coach after Jon Gruden resigns
Rich Bisaccia is in his 20th year as an NFL assistant coach, but the special teams coordinator has never served as a head coach at any level.Bisaccia, 61, is in his 20th year as an NFL coach but has never served as a head coach at any level.
While Olsen deferred to Gruden to handle the play-calling with the Raiders, it won’t be his first time handling the role in the NFL. Olsen has previously served as an offensive coordinator with the Raiders under head coach Dennis Allen in 2013-14, the Jacksonville Jaguars (2015-16), the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2009-11), the St. Louis Rams (2005-06) and Detroit Lions (2004-05).
Olson stepping into the role provided the most seamless transition the Raiders could hope for after a tumultuous last week that has upended the franchise. Now they have to pick up the pieces and get ready to face the Denver Broncos this Sunday.
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