Three years ago, plucking Jon Gruden out of the broadcast booth and putting him back on the sidelines as an NFL head coach sounded like a great idea. And putting him back in Silver & Black with the then-Oakland Raiders sounded like an even better one. The idea of Gruden coaching, however, has been better than the reality of it so far. After a plummet to 4-12 in Gruden’s first season, the 2019 season saw a much more competitive Raiders squad. But on their way to a 7-9 record, they were hardly without their issues – Which Gruden, a Super Bowl-winning coach, has been around long enough to know are his responsibility, and his responsibility to fix in Year Three of his return to coaching. “I’ve gotta coach better,” Gruden told the media on Thursday. “Ain’t no doubt about that.” Entering their first season as the Las Vegas Raiders, Gruden’s team had a few things they could be proud of in 2019 – Namely the continued development of a young roster, and the emergence of rookies such as running back Josh Jacobs and defensive end Maxx Crosby into full-fledged stars. But the positives were counteracted by glaring negatives: The Raiders’… Read full this story
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