Raiders still all in on season despite Jon Gruden ‘bombshell’

In his first press convention after head coach Jon Gruden resigned in shame after derogatory emails over years got here to mild, Raiders GM Mike Mayock insisted the workforce remains to be centered on the 2021 season as he took management over roster choices.

“Regarding the Jon Gruden scenario, all of us respect his choices, and we’re going to maneuver forward accordingly,” he mentioned. “So far as the workforce is worried, backside line, we’re 3-2. It’s Week 6. Lots of these interim head coach offers over time, it’s like Week 15 and guys are already packing their luggage. That’s not the case right here. All of our objectives are forward of us.”

Beforehand, Gruden had 51 p.c management over the roster, and Mayock had 49 p.c. Now, Mayock has 51 p.c and interim head coach Wealthy Bisaccia – whom Mayock described because the “most pure chief of males that I’ve ever met” – can have 49.

“I don’t assume there’s a vacuum of management. I need to be very clear on that,” Mayock mentioned. “Wealthy Bisaccia is the most effective chief I’ve been round. We’re going to let this season play out.”

Mike Mayock at a Raiders press conference on Oct. 13, 2021.
Mike Mayock at a Raiders press convention on Oct. 13, 2021.

Raiders proprietor Mark Davis didn’t maintain a press convention, although instructed ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez: “I’ve no remark. Ask the NFL. They’ve all of the solutions.”

With regard to Gruden, Mayock careworn that the Raiders worth variety and management within the group, harkening again to Tom Flores (who grew to become the primary Latino quarterback within the NFL with the Raiders, and the second Latino head coach), Artwork Shell (the primary black coach of the fashionable period) and Amy Trask (the primary feminine CEO).

Jon Gruden on the Raiders sideline on Oct. 4, 2021.
Jon Gruden on the Raiders sideline on Oct. 4, 2021.
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Nevertheless, he did cease wanting leveling any outright criticism in Gruden’s route, as a substitute saying he feels for him and his household.

“I’m unhappy, unhappy for the entire Gruden household. However on the finish of the day all of us held accountable for our actions and that’s the best way we have now to have a look at it,” Mayock mentioned.

The Raiders tackle the AFC West rival Broncos in Denver on Sunday afternoon.

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