The Oakland Raiders have become this year’s dumpster fire.
When the Raiders hired Jon Gruden to become the head coach they did not expect so much change and backlash so soon.
Jon Gruden did not hesitate to make those changes. His first and big change was to trade his star Linebacker Kahlil Mack to the Chicago Bears and that came as a shock to all of the sports world. According to Coach Gruden, Khalil Mack did not want to be a Raider anymore and that did not sit well with Gruden.
“Obviously, Khalil Mack didn’t want to play here. That’s what’s being missed here. He was under contract, Lisa, you know, he was under contract. He never showed up for an OTA. He never showed up for training camp, and it was obvious he wasn’t going to show up for the season. So, don’t forget that. We have to get ready to play, and I want players that want to be here, that want to help us put this thing back in high gear.”
To make things worse, the Raiders lost their season opener to the L.A. Rams 33-13.
Now the speculation is on the chemistry between Gruden and his key players Amari Cooper, and Derek Carr. After the game everyone was speculating that Carr and Cooper were having issues but after reviewing the game film that was not the case.
I myself went over the game several times and noticed after reviewing every snap the biggest culprit was Gruden’s gameplan, which utilized Cooper as a decoy on a majority of his routes. Vertical routes meant to clear out space for teammates underneath made up more than half of the routes he ran in the game, Making things more difficult for Cooper. He was rarely the primary option for Carr. But Carr isn’t free of blame. He must do a better job of looking for other options especially if those other options include the team’s most talented play-maker. Now Carr’s future with the team is up in the air. Many speculate that Gruden will part ways with Carr at the end of the season and if that happens Gruden would free up 17 million in cap space for the team, but that would put the Raiders back at square 1. This story will continue to unfold as the season progresses, as for now we sit back and enjoy a good NFL season.