After three seasons, the Raiders fire GM Mike Mayock
Earlier today, the Raiders fire GM Mike Mayock after serving three seasons with the Silver & Black. It’s possible that this is just the first move of a potential clean sweep of the Raiders’ leadership.
Despite facing adversity throughout a rocky 2021 season, the Raiders made the playoffs. However the Las Vegas Raiders fire GM Mike Mayock according to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. The decision was made a few days ago but wasn’t official until after the team had submitted requests for interviews on Monday.
The team released the following statement about the decision to move forward after the Raiders fire GM Mike Mayock:
“We have relieved Mike Mayock of his duties as General Manager of the Las Vegas Raiders. We thank Mike for his contributions over the last three years in helping to form the foundation for the franchise to build upon in its future.”
Mayock’s three-year stint ended with a 25-24 record, which included the 2019 NFL Draft where he and former caoch Jon Gruden spent first-round picks on Clelin Ferrell, Josh Jacobs, and Johnathan Abram, and a fourth-round pick on Maxx Crosby. With running back Jacobs being Las Vegas’ bell-cow back and wide receiver Hunter Renfrow growing into a reliable third-down target, more than half of Mayock’s inaugural draft class have proven to become solid additions.
Not all of Mayock’s picks have been as successful, with cornerback Damon Arnette taken in the 19th round of the 2020 draft and receiver Henry Rugs III who was taken 12th overall pick in the same class. Both were recently released from the team. Mayock caused more concern in 2021 when he used Las Vegas’ first-round pick on Alabama offensive lineman Alex Leatherwood, who had a slow rookie season and was eventually shifted to the guard position.
According to NFL Media, owner Mark Davis made the choice to part ways with Mayock a few days ago while the Raiders were still preparing to play against the Cincinnati Bengals. When news surfaced Monday afternoon that the Raiders were seeking permission to interview new GM candidates Dave Ziegler (New England Patriots) and Ed Dodds (Indianapolis Colts), it became clear that Mayock’s job was in trouble. Shortly after, the Raiders fire GM Mike Mayock, who will be in search of a new front-office position in the NFL.