After last season, the Packers needed to find a new direction for their special teams. The Packers got a top coordinator in Rich Bisaccia. After becoming the interim head coach for the Las Vegas Raiders after the Jon Gruden scandal, many wondered whether Bisaccia would be available. The Raiders ended up hiring Josh McDaniels instead. One analyst thinks that Packers coach Rich Bisaccia should have been the coach of the Raiders.
Rich Bisaccia’s Raiders Season
Would the Raiders be 0-3 if they gave Rich Bisaccia the head coaching job? 🤔
— SGG Media (@SGG_hq) September 26, 2022
Anytime an interim coach takes over, the expectations are rather low. The interim inherits a roster he did not create and has to rally the team. Usually the team responds well initially before coming back down to earth. This was not the case for Rich Bisaccia. The Raiders were in the playoff picture late in the season. They had a win and in game against the Chargers in week 18 and show grit to win an ugly game. This propelled them into the playoffs. Ross Tucker thought that this should have been enough for Bisaccia to keep the job. Instead, the Packers were the beneficiary as they hired Rich Biasaccia to fix their special teams.
Raiders 0-3 Start Does Not Help
If Josh McDaniels and the Raiders were 3-0, I doubt we are having this discussion. The disappointing start to the season has already brought up questions for the Raiders. This was a team that had Super Bowl aspirations after trading for Davante Adams. The numbers are not kind to teams that start 0-3 in terms of making the playoffs. The fact that the Raiders are struggling does bring up the question of whether the Raiders were better off sticking with Bisaccia.
Ultimately the Packers seem to have benefitted by the Raiders not hiring Rich Bisaccia. The special teams have been much improved this year and Bisaccia is a big part of that. If the Raiders keep struggling, there will be a lot of questions on whether the Packers got the better end of the Adams trade and the hiring Rich Bisaccia.