Is Jon Gruden simply trolling us all?
Listed below are a few of Gruden’s current feedback and so they all relate to the Khalil Mack commerce, even when he didn’t intend all of them that approach:
On Sunday, after the Raiders allowed two lengthy drives to the Broncos in a late loss: “We gotta do one thing to get extra strain, possibly name extra blitzes.”
Requested if he regretted the commerce on Monday after the workforce’s 0-2 begin: “No, it doesn’t make me remorse making the choice.”
The jokes write themselves. Then Gruden saved one of the best touch upon the matter for Wednesday.
Jon Gruden says it’s laborious to seek out a fantastic cross rusher
That is what Gruden stated when requested on Wednesday why it’s so laborious to seek out a fantastic cross rusher:
“It’s laborious to seek out a fantastic one. It’s laborious to discover a good one. It’s laborious to seek out one, you simply stated it,” Gruden stated at his information convention on Wednesday, via Jason Dumas of KRON.
Yeah, the factor is Jon, you had a fantastic … by no means thoughts.
Gruden then continued to say it’s tougher to seek out cross rushers as a result of the faculty recreation has modified a lot, to concentrate on fast passes. He stated it takes extra time to develop cross rushers because of this.
Mack had 36.5 sacks in his remaining three seasons with the Raiders. If he’s not one of the best cross rusher within the NFL, he’s on a brief record.
The commerce will observe round Gruden for a very long time
It’s clear the Mack determination will observe Gruden for some time, and never only for the humorous quotes that match the topic. It doesn’t assist that Mack has seemed like an All-Professional in his first two video games with the Chicago Bears.
Gruden did issues his approach this offseason. He signed lots of previous veterans. He reduce some current draft picks. It was a curious path, after which he made one of many greatest trades in current NFL historical past. When groups get a participant like Mack, they hold on for expensive life. Within the Mack deal, the Bears had the gall to ask for a second-round choose again as a part of the commerce, and so they received it.
Each time the Raiders battle on protection this season and possibly for the subsequent couple seasons, somebody will point out Mack. If the Raiders don’t flip issues round after an 0-2 begin, Mack shall be a part of the dialog. At any time when Mack makes an enormous play for the Bears, Gruden and the Raiders will hear about it. Heck, if we stretch this out a bit, if Mack makes the Corridor of Fame — it’s actually not too early to begin contemplating that risk — we’ll hear in regards to the commerce another time.
And it’s not going to get any higher so long as Gruden talks about how the Raiders must rush the quarterback, and the way laborious it’s to discover a good cross rusher.
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