The Raiders will never be successful with Jon Gruden in control
Plenty of criticism has been thrown at Jon Gruden after the abysmal performance his team put on Thursday night’s 34-3 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. After watching the game, Gruden does not appear to be the right guy to build a winning team for the Raiders.
The 2018 Oakland Raiders are like a game of Jenga. The tower of blocks started out solidified, then came in Jon Gruden trying to pick out the blocks to build his own tower (free agency, draft, trades.). Clearly, his moves haven’t created a solid tower. At any moment, the tower that Gruden built is going to collapse after one more error.
The only question is when? If not already. When does Gruden finally see enough of some his coaching staffs poor work? When does he finally realize that he can’t shoulder everything alone?
The answer to that may never be reached because Gruden’s ego is as huge as Mount Everest. This guy truly believes all his moves are some part of a bigger picture, but his actions say otherwise. Playing veterans that hold no stake in the future makes absolutely no sense.
Forcing a system and scheme on players that doesn’t maximize their ability is completely stubborn. Jon Gruden is trying to fit a triangle into a square.
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So far, everything he’s said he was going to do or tried to do, has been a complete failure. The low points just continue to tack on for the 2018 Oakland Raiders. After watching his team quit early on against the San Francisco 49ers and get embarrassed 34-3 in front of the nation, everything became ever so clear.
The Raiders will never be successful with Jon Gruden calling all the shots.
Gruden is just out of control. He has a vision and constantly tells the media and fans about it, but his actions don’t align with it. How can any logical person believe in a guy whose resume has shown that he can’t build a winning football team? Believing in Gruden is just outright delusional at this point. It’s one thing to hope he can do it or remain positive, but believing in him is crazy. He has zero sensibility when it comes to value. The trade for Martavis Bryant is one of many trades that was ludicrous and a perfect example of his poor sense.
He’s not a good evaluator of talent when it comes to players and maybe even coaches. The worst of it all is his relationships with his players. We just witnessed two teams that have nothing to play for on Thursday night.
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The main difference was that one team was trying to win and the other wasn’t. Oh, and one team was rolling out a third string quarterback making his first ever start, while the other a $25 million a year one. Under no circumstance should this have been allowed. That loss is 100% on Jon Gruden.
The 49ers are not dramatically better than the Raiders talent wise. They are, however, dramatically better coaching wise. San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan had his team organized and motivated. It’s why they were able to execute all their plays to perfection. It also helps that he doesn’t send his team mixed messages or just treats them as meat. Gruden isn’t in touch with this generation of players. Trust is everything to these guys and when you break it, they could care less to play for you.
Sure, most of these players will be gone after this season, so his relationship with his players doesn’t matter right? Wrong. The NFL is a fraternity with these players. They all talk. It definitely isn’t going unnoticed with how Gruden has handled this team. He’s going to end up overpaying for average talent in free agency, which will then lead to Gruden over-hyping this player.
Sound familiar? Why would any free agent want to come to the Raiders now? Gruden is essentially setting himself up for a repeat season over and over. However, there is a way he can avoid this and create a winning culture.
He needs to fire general manager Reggie McKenzie as part of the collapse of the tower. Gruden desperately needs someone that can give him the shot in the arm. A true general manager that creates a check and balances protocol. It’s so that trades like for Martavis Bryant or signing a platoon of washed up veteran players happens again.
Even if it’s just as a scapegoat, which he’s done all year long, he must go. That’ll create a chance for him to implement someone in that position that he actually respects.
By doing that, Gruden will be alleviated of the daily burdens of a general manager. His focus will be increased as a head coach, so calling games and preparing for them will be better. Gruden is a solid game day coach, it’s just his personnel decisions that are atrocious. It’ll also allow him a bit more interpersonal communication with his players, which is something he needs to work on as he gets ready to draft a bunch of 20 year olds.
If Gruden does not put someone new at general manager. Someone that he respects and opinion that he values, then the Raiders will never be successful under Jon Gruden.