The Las Vegas Raiders have fired general manager Mike Mayock after three seasons and will begin looking for a coach and GM after finishing second in the playoffs for the past 19 seasons.
The Raiders on Monday announced the move to get rid of Mayock, two days after losing their wild-card playoff game to Cincinnati 26-19.
“We thank Mike for his contributions over the past three years in helping lay the foundation for the franchise to build on in its future,” the team said in a statement.
According to a person familiar with the request, the Raiders have already submitted a request to interview Patriots director of player staff Dave Ziegler for the job as general manager, as well as Patriots assistant Jerod Mayo for head coaching. The person spoke on condition of anonymity as the team did not make the requests public.
Coach Jon Gruden brought in Mayock to replace Reggie McKenzie after the 2018 season, but the Raiders have had patchy results in draft and free agency in recent years.
Gruden resigned in October after releasing his old offensive emails and now Mayock is out too, potentially giving owner Mark Davis a clean slate.
Interim coach Rich Bisaccia led the Raiders (10-8) into the playoffs with four straight wins to end the regular season, but his future status remains unknown. He’s met with Davis and the Raiders must conduct a full search before deciding on a new coach in order to fulfill the Rooney Rule.
Mayock joined the Raiders after a long stint as a draft analyst at NFL Network. While Gruden had final say on all personnel matters, Mayock held the title of general manager and had influence on the draft, which saw the Raiders miss several first-round picks during his tenure.
The Raiders had three first-round picks in his first draft after trading stars Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper. Those picks failed to transform the franchise as No. 4 overall Clelin Ferrell became a reserve this season, No. 24 Josh Jacobs a solid running back and No. 27 Johnathan Abram a signing in regarding security.
The team hit two later-round picks that matched fourth-round edge-rusher Maxx Crosby, who rose to stardom this year as the second-team All-Pro, and fifth-round slot receiver Hunter Renfrow with 103 catches for 1,038 meters scored.
But the 2020 draft could be doomed to Mayock. The team has already cut both first-round picks, with receiver Henry Ruggs III released after being charged with felonies in a fatal crash at the wheel that killed a 23-year-old woman, and cornerback Damon Arnette released, after threatening someone online.
Two of the team’s third-round picks — Lynn Bowden Jr. and Tanner Muse — never played a snap, and neither pick made much of an impact.
The Raiders again drafted a player higher than consensus in 2021 in the first round, taking Alex Leatherwood for 17th overall. He quickly flared up on tackle and then switched to guard where he also struggled with penalties and pass protection.
Free agency wasn’t much better as big deals with players like Trent Brown, Lamarcus Joyner, Tyrell Williams and Cory Littleton didn’t yield good results.
Now it’s up to a new general manager to make key decisions about quarterback Derek Carr’s future and improve the roster to make the Raiders a lasting playoff contender.
AP Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi contributed to this report
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