By AP Professional Football Writer JOSH DUBOW
The Las Vegas Raiders fired general manager Mike Mayock after three seasons and will begin looking for a coach and general manager after finishing second in the playoffs the past 19 seasons.
The Raiders announced the decision to get rid of Mayock on Monday, two days after losing their wildcard playoff game to Cincinnati 26-19.
“We thank Mike for his contributions over the past three years in helping to lay the foundation for the franchise to build on for its future,” the team said in a statement.
The Raiders have already made a request to interview Patriots director of player personnel Dave Ziegler for the job of general manager, as well as Patriots assistant Jerod Mayo for head coach, according to a person familiar with the request. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has not made the requests public.
Coach Jon Gruden brought in Mayock to replace Reggie McKenzie after the 2018 season, but the Raiders have had an uneven record in the draft and free agency in recent years.
Gruden resigned in October over the publication of his old offensive emails, and now Mayock is also out, potentially giving owner Mark Davis a clean slate.
Interim coach Rich Bisaccia led the Raiders (10-8) to the playoffs with four straight wins to end the regular season, but his status going forward remains unknown. He met with Davis and the Raiders need to do a full search before deciding on a new coach to satisfy the Rooney rule.
Mayock joined the Raiders after a long tenure as a draft analyst at NFL Network. While Gruden had the final say on all personnel matters, Mayock held the title of general manager and contributed to the draft in which the Raiders failed to secure multiple first-round picks during his tenure.
The Raiders had three first-round picks in its first draft after trading stars Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper. Those picks failed to transform the franchise with No. 4 overall pick Clelin Ferrell becoming a reserve this season, No. 24 pick Josh Jacobs becoming a solid running back and No. 27 pick Johnathan Abram being a security handicap.
The team had two later-round picks with fourth-round rusher Maxx Crosby who became a star this year as a second-team All-Pro, and fifth-round receiver Hunter Renfrow with 103 catches for 1,038. yards.
But the 2020 draft could end up being what doomed Mayock. The team has already cut both first-round picks with wide receiver Henry Ruggs III released after being charged with crimes in a fatal DUI crash that killed a 23-year-old woman, and cornerback Damon Arnette released after uttering online threats to someone.
Two of the team’s third-round picks — Lynn Bowden Jr. and Tanner Muse — never played a snap and neither pick had much impact.
The Raiders again drafted a player higher in the first round than the consensus in 2021, taking tackle Alex Leatherwood 17th overall. He quickly died out at tackle and then moved to guard, where he also struggled with penalties and pass protection.
Free agency hasn’t been much better, with big deals going to players like Trent Brown, Lamarcus Joyner, Tyrell Williams and Cory Littleton that haven’t turned out well.
It will now be up to a new general manager to make key decisions on the future of quarterback Derek Carr and how to update the roster to make the Raiders a permanent playoff contender.
AP Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi contributed to this report
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