Raiders introduce Pierce as interim coach, Kelly as interim GM — WATCH LIVE

The Raiders are introducing Antonio Pierce as the interim head coach and Champ Kelly as the interim general manager after coach Josh McDaniels and GM Dave Ziegler were fired Tuesday night.

By promoting Antonio Pierce to interim head coach, the Raiders are taking a page out of their 2021 playbook by promoting Rich Bisaccia from special teams coordinator to replace Jon Gruden.

The Raiders elevated Pierce to the position late Tuesday after firing head coach Josh McDaniels, who lasted just 25 games with the team, winning nine of them.

The thought process is Pierce can be the tone setter and final in-game decision maker, with Patrick Graham continuing to run the defense and now Bo Hardegree running the offense.

Who are the Raiders getting in Pierce?

A nine-year NFL player and Super Bowl champion with the New York Giants, Pierce was noted for his intensity and passion as a hard-hitting linebacker. His leadership and clout, which are well respected inside the Raiders’ locker room, are now expected to help immediately stabilize the team as it transitions to a new phase.

A native of Long Beach, California, the 45-year-old Pierce has been the Raiders’ linebackers coach for the past two seasons. He came to Las Vegas from Arizona State, where he served, among other roles, as the associate head coach and defensive coordinator in 2021 and 2022. Pierce played college football at Arizona.

Pierce retired from the NFL and soon turned to coaching, with his first big job coming in 2014 as the head coach at Long Beach Poly.

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