Why did the Raiders fire Mike Mayock? Las Vegas dismisses GM after playoff loss

The Raiders fired general manager Mike Mayock after three seasons. the team announced.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that the team made the decision last week but fired Mayock on Monday after requesting interviews with potential replacements.

This news comes on the same day it was reported that the Raiders were also interviewing possible replacements for interim coach Rich Bisaccia, who took over the team after Jon Gruden resigned on Oct. 11.

The Raiders’ 2021 season ended Saturday with a 26-19 loss to the Bengals in the AFC wild-card round. The organization, it seems, decided even before that to make a change in the main office.

Why did the Raiders fire Mike Mayock?

The Raiders hired Mayock in the December 2018 season to work with Gruden and help rebuild the Raiders. The team went 4-12 in 2018, Gruden’s first season as Raiders coach. Oakland/Las Vegas went 7-9, 8-8 and 10-7 in Mayock’s three seasons. The team never won a playoff game during that time.

When Gruden resigned after racist, homophobic and sexist emails he sent years ago were published, Mayock’s firing seemed inevitable.

Also, some of the big team moves with Mayock didn’t go as planned. Most notably, Las Vegas’ 2020 first-round draft pick, wide receiver Henry Ruggs III, was arrested on felony DUI and reckless driving charges after a fatal car accident in Las Vegas last November. The team released Ruggs following his arrest.

The Raiders announced Mayock’s firing in a brief statement:

Who will be the next general manager of the Raiders?

The organization submitted a request Monday to interview Patriots director of player personnel Dave Ziegler and is expected to request an interview with Colts assistant general manager Ed Dodds, Rapoport reported.

The Raiders are also being interviewed for their head coaching job, though they’re keeping Bisaccia for now. Las Vegas has requested an interview with Patriots defensive assistant Jerod Mayo, Rapoport reported.

Las Vegas is the fourth NFL team with coaching and general manager vacancies, joining the Bears, Giants and Vikings.

What’s next for Mike Mayock?

Mayock, 63, had not issued a statement as of Monday night. It was speculated that he would return to television. He was an NFL Network analyst for 14 years before becoming general manager of the Raiders.