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Report: Raiders staff unhappy with team’s handling of GM change

Mark Davis

The Las Vegas Raiders’ handling of former GM Mike Mayock has alienated some within the organization, according to a report.

Members of the Raiders organization, including coaches and scouts, have been working as usual on offseason duties, including scouting for free agency and the draft. Those doing so were not aware that the team had already made the decision to fire Mayock and search for a replacement, according to Cameron Wolfe of NFL Network.

If there is an issue, it is the abruptness of the change and what it could mean for the future of staffers. A new GM might not want to retain everyone currently working, or may want to go an entirely different direction in terms of the types of players they want to pursue.

On the other hand, Mayock’s firing does not exactly come as a surprise, as he was Jon Gruden’s choice for the job. With Gruden gone and owner Mark Davis clearly leaning toward hiring a new coach, there was no way Mayock’s position could have been viewed as secure. The fact that the Raiders reached out to GM candidates before officially firing Mayock isn’t a great look, but nobody should have been blindsided by this.

Internally, there definitely appears to be some frustration with how the Raiders are being run. Fair or not, Davis might have some cleaning up to do once the overhaul is complete.

Mike Mayock will not return as Raiders GM

Mike Mayock wearing a hat

The Las Vegas Raiders are undergoing some major organizational changes this offseason, and one will be finding a new general manager.

Mike Mayock has been informed that he will not return as the Raiders’ GM next season.

The move is not a surprise. Mayock was essentially hand-picked by Jon Gruden, who resigned during the season after his leaked email scandal.

The Raiders’ next move could be replacing interim head coach Rich Bisaccia. They are reportedly expected to interview multiple candidates in the coming days.

It seems obvious that the Raiders want to make sweeping changes, even if they did go 7-5 under Bisaccia and reach the postseason. Owner Mark Davis likely wants to make a big splash with his next head coach hire. He reportedly has his eye on one big name.

Photo: Sep 13, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders general manager Mike Mayock in attendance at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Raiders preparing to move on from Mike Mayock, Rich Bisaccia?

Mike Mayock wearing a hat

The Las Vegas Raiders appear to be ready for a switch regarding their head coach and general manager positions.

The Raiders are preparing to interview both head coach and GM candidates, according to reports. ESPN’s Adam Schefter says Las Vegas is set to interview Jerod Mayo for their head coach job and Dave Ziegler for their GM job.

Both Mayo and Ziegler are with the Patriots.

NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport says the Raiders are also hoping to interview Colts executive Ed Dodds.

Rich Bisaccia is currently serving as the Raiders’ interim head coach. He took over after Jon Gruden was forced out. Mike Mayock is the team’s general manager and has served in that position since being hired at the end of 2018.

The Raiders could be ready to make sweeping changes now that their season is over. They may have their eye on one specific coach.

Photo: Sep 13, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders general manager Mike Mayock in attendance at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Will Jon Gruden’s friend Mike Mayock remain Raiders GM?

Mike Mayock wearing a hat

The Las Vegas Raiders will search for a new head coach this offseason after Jon Gruden was forced to abruptly resign. As a result, general manager Mike Mayock is now facing an uncertain future with the franchise.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported on Sunday that Raiders owner Mark Davis will work with a small group of advisors to find a replacement for Gruden. The group will also decide if Mayock should stay on as the team’s GM.

Mayock was essentially hired by Gruden. The Raiders lured Gruden out of the broadcasting booth in 2019 and allowed him to pick his own GM. Mayock had no prior experience with the job, and he made it clear from the start that Gruden would have final say over personnel moves. The two have a close relationship, so it’s unclear if the Raiders think Mayock will be able to work with a different coach.

The Raiders are 3-2 this season. What happens going forward could help determine whether Mayock stays or goes. If the team continues to win, Mayock will likely get credit for helping to build a playoff contender. Should the Raiders implode, a total overhaul may be needed.

Photo: Sep 13, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders general manager Mike Mayock in attendance at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Mayock makes clear how Raiders feel about Derek Carr

Derek Carr

Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr got a significant vote of confidence from his general manager on Wednesday.

Raiders GM Mike Mayock called Carr a “top” quarterback, and one who both he and coach Jon Gruden would “pound the table” for.

“I think Derek Carr has earned a lot of respect around this league from an awful lot of people,” Mayock said, via Jeremy Bergman of NFL.com. “I think Derek Carr had his best year yet, under Jon Gruden. I think he’s one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL and we couldn’t be happier with him. …

“If you’re asking me about Derek, I think Jon and I would both stand shoulder to shoulder and pound the table for Derek Carr.”

It probably wasn’t needed, but this serves as public confirmation to what reports have said. Some fairly prominent teams looked into trading for Carr, and were promptly told there would be no negotiation.

Carr is still only 29 and is on a contract the team likes, and he threw for a career-high 4,103 yards in 2020. He’s not going anywhere despite the rumors.

Photo: Jeffrey Beall/Wikimedia via CC BY-SA 4.0

Antonio Brown reportedly confronted Mike Mayock, called him ‘cracker’

Antonio Brown

Antonio Brown and Oakland Raiders general manager Mike Mayock got into a verbal dispute during practice on Wednesday, and it sounds like Brown was the one who initiated it.

Brown had made it clear that he was upset with the Raiders for fining him over a missed a practice when he ripped the team in his Instagram story before Wednesday’s session, and he was apparently still angry when the team took the field. Sources told ESPN’s Josina Anderson that Brown walked over to Mayock during practice and called him a “cracker” in addition to unloading some curse words at the GM. Mayock is said to have made an effort to prevent the exchange from escalating.

“[Mayock] was like, ‘I’m cool, I understand your displeasure,'” the source told Anderson. “[Mayock] sort of just like … just walked away because he saw it escalate.”

While it has been reported that teammates — including one you might not expect — had to restrain Brown during the confrontation, it never became physical. They were simply trying to separate Brown from Mayock to diffuse the argument.

It’s worth noting that Anderson’s source also praised Brown for being a hard worker who loves football but said it seems like “there is something that is distracting him from his love that [he] can’t control.”

Brown’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, told ESPN’s “Get Up!” on Friday that Brown has a strong relationship with Raiders head coach Jon Gruden, but he would not comment on whether or not the Pro Bowler has gotten along with Mayock.

“Right now I think his relationship with Coach Gruden is good, very good,” Rosenhaus said. “I’m not going to get into his relationship with Mike Mayock, but I will say that we’re hopeful that that will be a good one, as well. It has been in the past; it can be in the future.”

There has already been speculation that the Raiders could explore the possibility of moving on from Brown, but their offense needs him. If the two sides can somehow work things out and the recent remarks Derek Carr made about the situation are accurate, trying to make amends may still be an option.

Raiders GM thinks every prospect lied to him in pre-draft process

Mike Mayock

The Oakland Raiders have an interesting consideration as part of their pre-draft process: they have to ask prospects about potentially playing in Las Vegas, given they will be calling the city home next year.

There are definitely some questions regarding whether players, especially young ones, will find the nightlife and other pitfalls of Las Vegas distracting, and it came up in Oakland’s pre-draft interviews. Every prospect said the right things about it not being an issue, but in the eyes of general manager Mike Mayock, there was some stretching of the truth going on.

This is presumably tongue-in-cheek. Players are going to say they can handle it, and all of them probably think they can. If the NFL feels okay about staging the NFL Draft there next year, Mayock should probably relax.

Mike Mayock’s daughter responds to report that Raiders don’t trust own scouts

Mike Mayock

The Oakland Raiders are reportedly taking every precaution necessary to protect their plans heading into the NFL Draft next week, but general manager Mike Mayock’s daughter wants to make sure no one within the organization takes it personally.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported on Friday that Mayock and Raiders head coach Jon Gruden sent their own scouts home for the weekend and are not expected to let them return to the draft room before the big event. While some took that to mean they don’t trust their own scouting department, Mayock’s daughter Leigh insists that is not the case.

This is the second time Leigh Mayock has shared that same story. Around the time of the NFL Scouting Combine earlier this offseason, she said Mike didn’t even trust her with his draft binder.

Apparently the practice is not as over the top as people think. Former Dallas Cowboys executive Gil Brandt, who now works as an analyst for NFL.com, says he and his co-workers used to take similar precautions around draft time.

There have been a lot of rumors floating around about what the Raiders might do in Mayock’s first draft with the team, and there’s no way to avoid that. However, anyone who is actually inside the draft room would have access to some sensitive information. I guess you can never be too careful, even if it means risking the possibility of peeing on your draft binder.

Drew Rosenhaus praises Mike Mayock’s prowess as a GM

Mike Mayock

The Oakland Raiders went outside the box in hiring NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock as their general manager this offseason, but one prominent NFL agent came away impressed with the new guy’s negotiating ability.

Drew Rosenhaus, who represents new Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown, said Mayock worked like a “veteran NFL GM” and drove a hard bargain in negotiating a new long-term deal with Brown.

While Mayock doesn’t have all the powers of a traditional general manager, he’s still the guy in charge of negotiating and getting things done. Everyone is always in a good mood when a deal like this gets done, but Rosenhaus has been around a long time and dealt with a lot of general managers, so his praise can’t be a bad thing for Mayock’s reputation.

Raiders GM Mike Mayock seemingly commits to Derek Carr as starter

Derek Carr

There has been some speculation that new Oakland Raiders general manager Mike Mayock could work with head coach Jon Gruden to find a replacement for Derek Carr, but it does not sound like that is the plan — at least in the short term.

Mayock was asked about Oakland’s quarterback situation while speaking with reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine on Wednesday, and he had a strong endorsement of Carr.

Carr struggled in his first season under Gruden. He threw for over 4,000 yards, but he had just 19 touchdown passes and 10 interceptions. He didn’t make the types of strides many expected him to with a supposed QB guru taking over the team, but the Raiders have invested a ton of money in the 27-year-old and probably would prefer for him to get another shot in 2019.

While Gruden has been known to say one thing and do another in the past, the way he spoke about Carr late in the 2018 season made it seem like he is not looking for a new starting quarterback. The Raiders have three first-round picks and could potentially use one of them on a QB to groom behind Carr, but it would be a surprise if the veteran is not back under center for the team in Week 1.