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GM Mike Mayock fired by Las Vegas Raiders after three seasons

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HENDERSON, Nev. — Mike Mayock has been fired as common supervisor of the Las Vegas Raiders after three tumultuous seasons that produced a mixed document of 25-24, the workforce’s first playoff look since 2016 (and solely its second since 2002) and quite a few on- and off-the-field controversies.

“We’ve relieved Mike Mayock of his duties as Common Supervisor of the Las Vegas Raiders,” the workforce mentioned in a press release Monday. “We thank Mike for his contributions during the last three years in serving to to type the inspiration for the franchise to construct upon in its future.”

The Raiders have already begun the method of discovering his substitute, requesting an interview with New England Patriots director of participant personnel Dave Ziegler, a supply informed ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The Raiders are also starting their seek for a brand new head coach. Interim coach Wealthy Bisaccia mentioned Monday he had preliminary conversations with workforce proprietor Mark Davis about probably getting the job full-time. The Raiders even have requested an interview with Patriots inside linebackers coach Jerod Mayo, a supply informed Schefter.

Mayock’s firing comes two days after the Raiders’ playoff exit after a loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in a wild-card sport.

Mayock, 63, was employed as GM by the Raiders on Dec. 31, 2018, after 15 years as a draft analyst and on-air analyst for NFL Community, to assist the workforce particularly with the draft and to work with then-coach Jon Gruden, who had closing say in personnel selections.

Davis informed ESPN that Gruden held a 51-49 proportion benefit within the energy construction when it got here to decision-making. It shifted to Mayock’s benefit over Bisaccia upon Gruden’s abrupt resignation on Oct. 11 within the wake of his e mail scandal.

This season, Mayock needed to navigate the workforce via receiver Henry Ruggs III‘s automotive crash that claimed the lifetime of a 23-year-old lady within the early morning of Nov. 2 — the 2020 first-round draft choose was launched by the workforce hours later — in addition to the discharge of fellow 2020 first-rounder Damon Arnette lower than per week later when video surfaced on-line of the cornerback brandishing weapons and making dying threats.

And whereas Gruden did have closing say on personnel, the Raiders missed far most of the time on their 23 mixed picks in his and Mayock’s three drafts collectively.

Whereas 16 of these gamers are nonetheless on the roster, 4 of Las Vegas’ high 5 picks within the 2020 draft have been gone in lower than a season and a half, with Ruggs and Arnette joined by Lynn Bowden Jr. (traded to Miami earlier than the season began) and Tanner Muse, who spent his rookie season on IR and was minimize earlier than the 2021 season started. In truth, heading into that draft, Mayock mentioned having three picks within the third spherical was “like stealing,” and if the Raiders did their job proper, they’d have “three extra starters.”

These three picks have been Bowden, receiver Bryan Edwards, who’s a starter, and Muse.

A yr earlier, the Raiders had three first-round picks and used them on defensive finish Clelin Ferrell at No. 4 general, operating again Josh Jacobs at No. 24 and powerful security Johnathan Abram at No. 27. Ferrell is extra of an influence participant on particular groups than a constant contributor. Jacobs has a pair of 1,000-yard speeding seasons and a Professional Bowl nod on his résumé, however his manufacturing slipped drastically this season. Though Abram could be efficient towards the run, he’s a detriment towards the go.

This previous spring, the Raiders used the No. 17 choose on Alabama offensive lineman Alex Leatherwood, whom many had assigned a second-round grade. He struggled sufficient at proper sort out that he was moved to proper guard in Week 5 and is the second-most penalized offensive lineman within the NFL.

The Raiders, although, have discovered starters in lower-round picks throughout Mayock’s tenure: cornerback Trayvon Mullen Jr. (2019 second spherical), defensive finish Maxx Crosby (2019 fourth spherical), slot receiver Hunter Renfrow (2019 fifth spherical), left guard John Simpson (2020 fourth spherical), free security Tre’von Moehrig (2021 second spherical) and nickel cornerback Nate Hobbs (2021 fifth spherical).

Mayock’s Raiders profession bought off to a rocky begin with the Antonio Brown episode, with the GM fining him for lacking coaching camp practices and Brown posting the advantageous letters on his social media. The Raiders later launched Brown with out the receiver ever taking part in a down for the workforce.

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