McDonald: Fates of Raiders’ Rich Bisaccia, Derek Carr up in the air after playoff loss to Bengals

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Raiders interim coach Rich Bisaccia with his team in the moments before a 26-19 wild card playoff loss Saturday in Cincinnati.

After coming up excruciatingly short in the first playoff game of his life, Raiders quarterback Derek Carr talked about the way his team stayed so resilient through trying times.

“Whether we won or we lost, we came in every Monday and said, `Who cares? Next?,” Carr said following a 26-19 wild card road playoff loss Saturday to the Cincinnati Bengals.

The Raiders season is over, and the question of what happens next is the responsibility of owner Mark Davis.

He could be enamored with the grit of a team that handled major crisis points involving former coach Jon Gruden and former wide receiver Henry Ruggs III and yet somehow won its last four games for just their second playoff game since the 2002 season.

Rich Bisaccia goes through the interview process and goes from interim coach to head coach. Carr, entering the last year of his contract, receives an extension in hopes of a deeper run next season.

Or Davis could take a step back and see a team that had a playoff win within its grasp but let it slip away because it had to kick too many field goals and wasn’t crisp enough in terms of execution and coaching to win in the postseason.

Someone else is named head coach, with or without general manager…

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