New Raiders GM Mike Mayock expecting much different relationship with Bill Belichick

Ryan Hannable
February 27, 2019 - 11:38 am

INDIANAPOLIS -- What a difference a year makes for Mike Mayock.

At previous NFL combines, Mayock was one of the faces of it, appearing on NFL Network for hours breaking down all the prospects, including during their on-field workouts. That has changed now that he's the new general manager of the Raiders.

Mayock has been very close with Bill Belichick over the years, with the Patriots head coach even going to him for advice at times.

That likely won't happen now.

“I was fortunate enough to play for Coach Belichick for a couple of years and he’s been great to me over the years,” Mayock said Wednesday. “I’m guessing that at this point, as good a relationship as we have, there probably won’t be quite the free exchange of information as in the past.”

The 60-year-old also explained the move from media to front office.

“Really, what made it right for me were the people,” Mayock said. “I’ve had some opportunities in the past, and it was just, maybe personally, wasn’t the right time for me or I didn’t feel like I had the right fit in that particular organization. The nice thing for me is I can walk over to the coaching side of the building at whatever time of the day or night and have a conversation with Jon, with Paul Guenther, with Rich Bisaccia, with Jimmy O’Neil, Tom Cable — just go right down the list — because I’ve known them all for 15, 20, 25 years.

“I’ve always believed the biggest dysfunction in NFL buildings is an inability for the coaching staff and the scouting staff to be philosophically on the same page consistently, and I think what happens is I can walk in the building Day 1 and know all those coaches, and immediately, there’s a bond. And I think that’s the biggest thing we’ve been able to do in the [last] couple of months is just build that philosophy and understand that there’s really only one way to do things in our building.”

It is also worth noting the Raiders have three first-round selections, so if Belichick and the Patriots want to move up, they have a good connection to talk to.

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