With the loss of Chris Tabor to the Carolina Panthers, the Bears needed a new Special Team Coordinator. Their choice? Rich Bisaccia.
Bisaccia just finished his fourth season with the Las Vegas Raiders, becoming interim head coach mid-season. He led the Raiders to a 7-5 record and they qualified for the playoffs for the first time since 2016.
A must for new office duo Ryan Poles and Matt Eberflus is that Bisaccia is currently being considered to stay as head coach permanently with the Raiders. Should Raider overcome Bisaccia, tournament report shows that Chicago is optimistic about his chances of landing.
Bisaccia and Eberflus spent four seasons together as Dallas Cowboys coordinators from 2013 to 2017. During that span, Dallas made it to two group stage games, narrowly losing to the Packers both times. .
Bisaccia then went on to join the Oakland Raiders. He’s been with the Raiders for three straight seasons – missing out on the knockout stages, resettlement to Las Vegas and resignation by head coach Jon Gruden after multiple homophobic, misogynistic and racist emails were leaked from Gruden’s nine-year tenure with ESPN.
After Gruden stepped down in mid-October, the Raiders main office selected Bisaccia as interim head coach. Under Bisaccia’s leadership, the Raiders won 7-5 to close the season 10-7. The final game of the regular season was an extra-time win over the Los Angeles Chargers, with Raiders striker Daniel Carlson finishing the game 47 yards as the clock ran out. This mandatory win helped the Raiders qualify for the NFL knockouts for the first time in five seasons.
With the Bears and Broncos having filled their head coach positions, there are currently seven teams still on the hunt.
The Raiders interviewed Bisaccia earlier this week, along with New England insider coach Jerod Mayo and Tampa Bay defensive coordinator Todd Bowles. San Francisco defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans and New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels are scheduled to interview early next week. Of that group, only Bisaccia and Bowles, who previously played for the New York Jets, have head coaching experience.
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