Jon Gruden isn’t officially the head coach of the Oakland Raiders but his exodus from ESPN in favor of a return to the sideline is a poorly kept secret at this point. In conjunction with that decision, Gruden will need to put together a staff and, on Wednesday afternoon, a name emerged that will theoretically join him in Oakland.
Ian Rapoport brings word that Dallas Cowboys assistant head coach and special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia will be making the jump to the Raiders.
#Cowboys special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia will be allowed out of his contract, sources say. That means he can join Jon Gruden's #Raiders staff, which is the plan.
It is important to note that the Cowboys were not required to let Bisaccia out of his contract but, in recent months, there has been buzz that his performance was not necessarily dominant, leaving the door open here. Dallas picked up Bisaccia beginning in 2013 and he was given the assistant head coach title in 2015.
With regard to how this will fit in Oakland, everything is speculation at this point but Bisaccia has been an NFL assistant for 16 seasons and he is not exactly an anonymous name in coaching circles. The rest of Gruden’s staff will be very interesting to monitor but it appears as if the special teams, at least in theory, are locked up before he even arrives.