Dec 5, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders interim coach Rich Bisaccia reacts against the Washington Football Team in the first half at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Packers hiring Rich Bisaccia to lead special teams

The Green Bay Packers plan to hire Rich Bisaccia as their special teams coordinator, NFL Network reported Monday.

Bisaccia, 61, went 7-5 as the interim head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders this season after replacing Jon Gruden.

Bisaccia was a popular candidate among Raiders players for the permanent head coaching position in Las Vegas, but the job went to Josh McDaniels.

Bisaccia became the assistant head coach and special teams coordinator with the Raiders in 2018 after serving in similar capacities with the Dallas Cowboys (2013-17), San Diego Chargers (2011-12) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2002-10).

Green Bay parted ways with special teams coach Maurice Drayton following a disastrous playoff performance.

The Packers ranked near the bottom of the league in various special teams rankings for the 2021 season. Those issues were front and center in their 13-10 loss to San Francisco in the NFC divisional playoff game on Jan. 22.

The Niners scored their only touchdown of the game with 4:41 left in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 10 when they blocked a punt at Green Bay’s 12-yard line. The Packers also had a field goal attempt blocked right before halftime that would have given them a 10-0 lead. The Packers became the first team in 33 years to have a field goal and punt blocked in the same playoff game.

Further, the Packers only had 10 players on the field for San Francisco’s game winning field goal as time expired.

–Field Level Media

Dec 26, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders interim coach Rich Bisaccia reacts during the game against the Denver Broncos Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Jags interviewing Rich Bisaccia, botch Kevin O’Connell request

The Jacksonville Jaguars are interviewing former Las Vegas Raiders coach Rich Bisaccia on Monday but botched the timing to talk with Los Angeles Rams offensive coordinator Kevin O’Connell, ESPN reported.

Bisaccia, who started the season as the special teams coordinator in Las Vegas, took over as interim head coach after the October resignation of Jon Gruden. The 61-year-old led the Raiders to a 7-5 finish to the regular season and the playoffs amid some high-profile distractions but lost out on the permanent job to Josh McDaniels, whom the Raiders reportedly are set to hire.

The Jaguars reportedly had three finalists for their head coach opening but two of those — Matt Eberflus and Nathaniel Hackett — accepted other offers last week. That left Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich as the leading candidate to replace Urban Meyer, who was fired after posting a 2-11 record and committing a series of off-field missteps.

However, the Jaguars interviewed ex-Denver Broncos coach Vic Fangio last week and tried to get an interview with O’Connell, but missed the deadline to request an interview in the initial period, per the report.

Now, the Jaguars have to wait until after the Super Bowl to interview O’Connell. Meanwhile, O’Connell is a finalist for the Minnesota opening, with the Vikings interviewing him a second time during the initial period.

The Rams play the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl LVI on Feb. 13.

–Field Level Media