The Las Vegas Raiders were back in the NFL playoffs for the first time since 2016. How can the team take the next step in terms of winning a Super Bowl?
It was a somewhat disturbing year for the franchise. In their second season in Las Vegas, the Raiders made too many headlines off the field. As far as the product on the field, the team won its first three games, dropped seven of their next 10 outings, and closed the year with four consecutive victories.
The end result was the team’s first playoff appearance since 2016. Unfortunately, the Raiders fell short last week at Cincinnati in the wild card round, 26-19. The club hasn’t won a postseason contest since the 2002 AFC Championship Game. And it’s going to be a different offseason after general manager Mike Mayock was let go by the team.
It’s obviously early, but here are three issues the Raiders could take a look at sooner than later.
3 things the Las Vegas Raiders must do in the 2022 offseason
3. Remove the interim tag from head coach Rich Bisaccia
Via Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk, Las Vegas Raiders’ owner Mark Davis is meeting with the man who took over the team after Jon Gruden resigned after five weeks.
After an unsettling stretch, the team owned a 6-7 record with four games to play. But interim head coach Rich Bisaccia guided the Silver and Black to a season-ending four-game winning streak and the franchise’s first playoff appearance since 2016.
Including the playoff loss at Cincinnati, Bisaccia was 7-6 after taking over for Gruden. Given this and numerous other circumstances, he certainly deserves a shot at what he could do with a full training camp and offseason.