After Jon Gruden resigned as head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders on Monday following 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).
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?
“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…
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