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Mile High Report 13 October, 2021 - 07:15pm

Who will be Raiders interim head coach?

There were a few potential candidates on staff, some of whom have previous head coaching experience. But the Raiders went with the natural choice, officially naming Assistant Head Coach and Special Teams Coordinator Rich Bisaccia as the team's interim head coach for the remainder of the 2021 season. Raiders WireRich Bisaccia officially named Raiders interim head coach following Jon Gruden resignation

Did Jon Gruden resign as Raiders head coach?

Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden has resign from his position, the Raiders announced Monday. ... "I love the Raiders and do not want to be a distraction. Thank you to all the players, coaches, staff, and fans of Raider Nation. I'm sorry, I never meant to hurt anyone." CBS NewsJon Gruden resigns as head coach of Las Vegas Raiders following reports of offensive emails

When did John Gruden coach the Raiders?

Allen was a senior executive with the Raiders from 1995 to 2003, when he worked with Gruden, who was head coach of the team from 1998 to 2001. Gruden became head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2002 and beat the Raiders in the Super Bowl that season. The New York TimesJon Gruden Resigns After Homophobic and Mysogynistic Comments

Why did Jon Gruden resign as Raiders coach?

Raiders coach Jon Gruden resigned Monday night in the wake of the release of emails that included racist tropes, homophobic slurs and vulgar name calling of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. Gruden confirmed his resignation in a statement through the Raiders. The AthleticJon Gruden news: Updates, new questions, as Raiders coach resigns after emails leaked; Rich Bisaccia named interim coach

The Denver Broncos were largely healthy outside of injured reserve players with Melvin Gordon and Kareem Jackson both non-participants in Wednesday’s practice session.

For the Las Vegas Raiders, they too are mostly healthy. Their only injury-related non-participant at practice on Wednesday was defensive tackle Jonathan Hankins. The rest were either limited or full participants. I would expect them to mostly be good to go for Sunday’s game.

In case you missed it, the Broncos signed wide receiver John Brown to the practice squad on Tuesday and they also added cornerback Rojesterman Farris to the practice squad as well today. Both moves help the team deal with some depth issues on both sides of the ball at those positions.

Here is your full Wednesday practice participation report for both teams.

BOLD - Indicates change in status; NIR­- Indicates not injury related; *- Team did not practice / report is an estimation;

STATUS DEFINITIONS: Did not participate (DNP); Limited: means less than 100 percent of a player’s normal repetitions; Full—100 percent of player’s normal repetitions; Out: will not play; Doubtful: Unlikely to play; Questionable: Uncertain to play

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Interim head coach Rich Bisaccia ready to guide Raiders

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Team owner makes his first statement since Gruden’s resignation in the wake of offensive emails and racist trope

In his first public comments since the shocking resignation of head coach Jon Gruden on Monday night because of offensive emails and the use of a racist trope, Davis made brief statement to ESPN about the saga. He told Raiders’ reporter Paul Gutierrez: “I have no comment. Ask the NFL. They have all the answers.”

Just spoke with #Raiders owner Mark Davis: "I have no comment. Ask the NFL. They have all the answers." Also confirmed that Mike Mayock remains GM and now has 51 percent control of roster decisions, with interim coach Rich Bisaccia at 49 percent. Was Gruden 51/Mayock 49 before.

So far, no one from the Raiders leadership brass has spoken publicly about Gruden’s ouster. From the tone of Davis’ words to ESPN, I wouldn’t expect him to have much to say on the situation anytime soon. Interim head coach Rich Bisaccia is scheduled to address the media on Wednesday afternoon.

From reading between the lines, it seems that Davis feels like the league knows more about the Gruden emails than he does. Davis, though, had been in possession of all of the emails since Friday. Some of them were leaked publicly Friday and then more on Monday. Gruden resigned shortly after the second wave of emails were reported.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported on Tuesday that Davis met with the team’s coaching staff and expressed “frustration” with the Gruden situation.

Source: Raiders owner Mark Davis addressed his staff this morning & expressed his frustration w/ the Jon Gruden situation but made it clear that “no one is bigger than the shield.” Davis has still not addressed the media. Gruden’s replacement, Rich Bisaccia, will speak tomorrow.

It is interesting that Davis said Mayock had 51 percent control of the roster decisions and Bisaccia has 49 percent. Usually, interim coaches are simply caretakers for the rest of the season.

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The ratings for the Week 5 Monday Night Football game between the Indianapolis Colts and the Baltimore Ravens are out, and it was another huge success. The ESPN broadcast of the game generated an audience of 11,375,000. This is an increase from last year’s Week 5 game and the second-highest Week 5 viewership in the last six years.

Monday Night Football has been doing well so far this season, showing a 20% increase in viewership season-to-date from both the 2019 and the 2020 seasons. It has also been up looking at the year-over-year for four out of the five weeks this season.

So what is working so well that could result in the spike in viewership? Maybe it is the improvement of the broadcast crew consisting of Steve Levy, Brian Griese, and Louis Riddick. It could also be the change of pace that the Manningcast brought to the network earlier this season. Whatever it may be, ESPN has to be pleased by the Monday Night Football ratings so far this year.

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“It is hard to think NBC would feel the need to discipline Tirico or Dungy for their comments. It will be interesting to see if either address them or Gruden’s resignation during next Sunday’s show.”

On Sunday, most of America was aware of only one email containing firable statements from Jon Gruden. That is when Mike Tirico and Tony Dungy weighed in on someone they both referred to as a friend.

During that night’s edition of Football Night in America on NBC, both men advocated for forgiveness and giving Gruden a second chance.

“I’m not going to chalk everything up to racism. I think we should accept his apology and move on like he did with his team,” Tony Dungy said.

Mike Tirico pointed out that he was working alongside Jon Gruden during the time the coach wrote the racist email referencing the size of DeMaurice Smith’s lips. The two were partners on Monday Night Football for seven years. Tirico speculated that that likely means he knows Jon Gruden personally as well or better than anyone in the NFL.

“He said it right. He was ashamed by the comments in the email. The comments in the email are wrong,” Tirico said. “But, my experience kinda parallel Tim Brown, who played for Jon, a hall of fame wide receiver. He said he never experienced or saw anything that would say Jon was racist in any way. That was exactly the experience I had those seven years of traveling, three days on the road every week.”

At the time, there was some criticism for the two online. Fast forward 24 hours though, and America had seen emails from Gruden containing homophobic language, misogynist comments about female referees and statements against the NFL increasing its commitment to safety.

Jon Gruden resigned before the Monday Night Football matchup between the Colts and Ravens even kicked off. It seems that members of the sports media took to Twitter almost as quickly to condemn Dungy and Tirico for encouraging viewers to forgive Gruden.

i'm listening to mike tirico put on his cape for jon gruden after tony dungy called "bygones" and whewwwwwwwwwwww.

How quick will Tony Dungy and Mike Tirico forgive Gruden?

Let’s conveniently overlook that prominent black folks such as Mike Tirico and Tony Dungy caped for Gruden hard on national tv, not to mention the unnamed black player who hugged Gruden in the team meeting and asked how he could help. https://t.co/Xb1O2RU4JA

I’m just happy more and more people are starting the see the frauds that Tony Dungy & Mike Tirico really are.

Tony Dungy is only going to double down on his defense with Gruden being homophobic

I have respect for Tony Dungy and Mike Tirico but Jon Gruden didn’t own anything, he gave an insulting explanation that failed to show true remorse. Racist ppl say racist things period. I wonder what else he has said about Black Ppl he doesn’t like ? https://t.co/Wu3Lu5dtPe pic.twitter.com/I0hAOaf7S3

Ah well no wonder Tony Dungy defended Gruden so vigorously last night

*stares at Mike Tirico and Tony Dungy*

It is hard to think NBC would feel the need to discipline Tirico or Dungy for their comments. It will be interesting to see if either address them or Gruden’s resignation during next Sunday’s show.

For the record, Tony Dungy did defend his statements in a thread on Twitter on Tuesday.

On @SNFonNBC I commented on an e mail sent by Jon Gruden. I did not defend it. I said “inappropriate, immature, attack on a man’s character. Wrong!” I did not attribute it all to racism and said given a single incident 10 yrs ago we should accept his apology and move on.

“You’re in or you’re out. You’re not going to be in the middle,” Guillen said of being a White Sox fan.

Without mentioning names, the video featuring Barstool Sports personality White Sox Dave and actor John Cusack was discussed on NBC Sports Chicago’s pregame show on Tuesday. Ozzie Guillen, the only man to manage the White Sox to a World Series title this century, came off as pretty firmly in Barstool and WSD’s corner.

“You’re in or you’re out. You’re not going to be in the middle,” Guillen said of being a White Sox fan.

The fickle nature of John Cusack’s support for both Chicago baseball teams was at the heart of why White Sox Dave confronted the High Fidelity star.

BREAKING: @barstoolwsd just confronted actor John Cusack to tell him he’s not allowed to cheer for the White Sox pic.twitter.com/IjTYv79Rxo

Cusack said that he is entitled to root for the White Sox because he knew that Mike Spires played first base for the team in 1993. Ozzie Guillen wasn’t impressed and said that historic knowledge of the team meant nothing, becuase it doesn’t prove that Cusack is living and dying with the team right now.

“I bet you he don’t know who was the right fielder in 2017,” Guillen said.

Ozzie Guillen is a Barstool fan and is proud to support White Sox Dave in this feud. Patricia Arquette may have John Cuscak’s back, but Guillen said “I think my man was right.”

White Sox Dave was grateful for the manager’s support. He wrote “Absolutely love my mang Ozzie. I’d go to war for this man,” in a post at Barstool Sports.

“At the time of the announcement, ESPN was expecting fans to be able to attend the October 29 show.”

It was just two months ago that ESPN announced it was canceling the planned roadshows for First Take. Shows planned for Atlanta in August and Memphis in September did not happen. Later this month that changes, as Stephen A. Smith and Molly Qerim Rose head to Tallahassee.

The show will be on-site at Florida A&M University, where an amphitheater is being named after alum and Hollywood producer Will Packer. In addition to Smith and Rose, frequent Packer collaborator and First Take guest Kevin Hart will also be a part of the show.

At the time of the announcement, ESPN was expecting fans to be able to attend the October 29 show. A press release says that the network is leaving decisions and updates up to the university.

“I am pumped First Take is back on the road,” said Qerim Rose. “I am also proud we are honoring the exceptional work of HBCUs throughout the country. I can’t wait to visit the campus of FAMU and meet all the Rattlers in person!”

The show has been highlighting historically black colleges and universities for a long time. In September, it started a new tradition called “HBCU Wednesday,” highlighting different schools with special guests, debate questions from students, and live shots from campus.

Smith, a graduate of Winston-Salem State, an HBCU in North Carolina, said that he has always been impressed with Will Packer’s commitment to his alma mater and to HBCUs across that country. That is why he says he was happy to oblige when Packer asked him “to make sure First Take is a part of its sensational event”.

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