He turned down a lot of job offers. He said he really liked his job in the booth. Hey, he was a decent color analyst.
He had so many offers from so many teams – college and pro. For 10 years he dismissed everyone – turned down some of the best jobs in sports. And then, BAM, Mark Davis came calling again and just like that, he did a 180 and went back to the place that gave him his first NFL head coaching job. Jon Gruden – Chucky – was returning to The Rai-dehs!
Oh, did The Black Hole scream. Could it really be so? Could the guy with the most intense scowl in football really be coming home to Oakland to give us one more shot at a title before they move our beloved Silver & Black to Vegas?
It was true. It is true. And the hype it caused! Oy, Vey! He was going to put the fear back into every NFL team’s hearts. HA!
That’s a nice Fairy Tale. The problem is, that’s all it is. It’s 2 weeks into the season and one thing is obvious – the Raiders STINK! Or more properly, they STILL STINK!
It all started off okay. He didn’t dismiss his General Manager, Reggie McKenzie. He hired some really good assistant coaches. Then came the draft. The picks were nothing spectacular but no worse than the picks in any of the other recent drafts.
Oh, yeah, then there was the acquisition of Martavis Bryant from the Steelers. Hmm. Bryant had skills, for sure. The Steelers let him go, though. There was that entire hubbub with Bryant and JuJu Smith-Shuster last season when Bryant pouted, then whined on social media because JSS was getting more playing time than he was. At one point he was demoted to the Scout Team! That would have made me think twice about Bryant. Not Chucky.
Bryant had also missed 4 games in 2015 for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Then he was suspended again for the entire 2016 season for the same reason. The Raiders actually cut him on September 1st. On September 12th, even though he is facing the possibility of yet another long suspension for a third substance abuse violation, the Raiders inexplicably re-signed him for a year.
That might not seem too bad, if you’re not familiar with what the Raiders have done since Gruden was re-hired, If you’re a Raiders fan though, this slow dance with Martavis Bryant is totally confounding in the wake of the Kahlil Mack fiasco.
Mack was only, perhaps is only, the BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER in football, not to mention a good guy. Could Good Ole Scowl Face be bothered to talk to his BEST player, to tell him why he should remain a Raider. Did he talk to the business side of the franchise and impart on them why they should meet Mack’s asking price to stay? Of course not. Then he goes on national TV right before the Raiders’ first game of the season and claims that there was nothing the team could have done – that Mack clearly didn’t want to stay. Never mind that Mack and everyone associated with him have said that none of that is true. It doesn’t matter. Kahlil Mack is a Chicago Bear!
The Raiders have the oldest active roster in all of football. Chucky got himself a bunch of old guys. He thinks he stole Jordy Nelson from the Packers. In 2 games Nelson has 5 receptions for 53 yards. Uh huh – quite a steal, indeed.
What about the effect he is going to have on Derek Carr, you ask? He’s such a QB guru, right? In 2 games, yes, Carr has thrown for 591 yards, which isn’t bad. He also has 3 interceptions versus 1 touchdown pass and at times has looked like he’s completely lost or a deer in the headlights.
In their first game they started off looking like they were going to really make a game of it with the Los Angeles Rams. Then in the 2nd half of that game, the whole team looked pathetic and inept. In Sunday’s game, they played good enough that they could have won had it not been for the usual too many stupid penalties and questionable offensive calls by – you guessed it – Gruden. They snatched defeat from the jaws of victory, AGAIN. Over the last decade, they’ve made that an art form.
I am a Die Hard Raiders fan so deep inside there is a part of me that is hoping that all of this is just because of transitioning from one coach to another. And I really want the era in Oakland to end on a positive note. So I’m going to reserve the rest of my judgment for later and keep hoping for the best.
Make no mistake though, if I don’t see something positive soon, then my whole wrath is gonna come out weekly on Chucky Poo and the ridiculous decision to re-hire a guy that’s been completely out of coaching for 10 years. He needs to prove that there’s still something there or the front office of the Raiders can take that 10 million dollar a year contract and shove it up his (*BLEEP*)!
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