While basketball consumes my life, I can’t forget that other sports do indeed exist. Prior to this season, I had been one of the biggest Raiders fans alive. Unfortunately, the signing of Jon Gruden terminated my Raiders’ fandom. This article is solely dedicated to ridiculing our newest coach.
“If I can’t get it done, I’m not going to take their money.”
With USA Today in July, this is how Gruden responded to the hate about his recent signing of a 10 year, 100 million dollar contract to become the newest head coach of the Oakland Raiders.
The Raiders were slowly progressing into one of the best teams in the NFL under the helm of fifth-year quarterback, Derek Carr. Up until 2017, the Raiders had improved every season of Carr’s career, and if it weren’t for a fluke injury to Carr late in the 2016 season, the Raiders could’ve been genuine Super Bowl contenders.
Following a disappointing 2017 season where the Raiders finished with a 6-10 record, the team decided a change needed to be made. The Raiders fired head coach, Jack Del Rio and replaced him with the highest paid NFL coach of all-time, Jon Gruden.
Despite the fact that Gruden had not coached an NFL game in over 10 years, fans loved the addition. Following the signing, Gruden fit the roster to his playstyle by letting go of three fan favorites: wide receiver Michael Crabtree, punter Marquette King, and defensive end Khalil Mack.
Early on, Gruden already saw the mistake in giving up on Khalil Mack. After a September practice, he was asked about how he intended to replace the former All-Pro pass rusher, responding that “It’s hard to find a good [pass rusher].”
Meanwhile, Mack was tearing up the NFL, recording five sacks, four fumbles, and an interception in the first four games of the season.
In the meantime, the Raiders lost their first three games of the season, with impressive play hard to come by from anywhere on the field. They barely won their first game of the season against the Cleveland Browns who started a rookie quarterback and haven’t won another game since.
Earlier today, Gruden delivered the final blow to the loyal Raider fans. Amari Cooper was one of the last pieces of hope for those fans to hang on to, and now he’s gone as well, just for another first round pick.
The Raiders are currently ranked as the worst team in the league by NFL.com, and questions are beginning to arise on if they will win another game this season. Nonetheless, Jon Gruden has been a huge disappointment so far, barring a complete 180 in the second half of the season.