Jon Gruden on Raiders’ nightmare season: ‘It’s tough, man, we want to win’
Jon Gruden opened up on Monday about the Oakland Raiders’ nightmarish season in his first year back on the sideline, specifically mentioning how he appreciates the patient perspective recently exhibited by team owner Mark Davis.
The Raiders sit at 1-8 amid a disastrous campaign, one that puts them well on track for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, not exactly what was expected when the Raiders inked Gruden to a 10-year, $100 million contract.
“I feel Mark’s pain,” Gruden said during his Monday postmortem after the Raiders’ 20-6 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers, via ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez. “I talk to Mark after every game and these are unpleasant conversations. It’s tough, man, we want to win. We want to win. We also want to do right by this organization and some of these decisions have been really tough, but I want to deliver for him and his family, certainly, and this organization and right now, it’s tough. But it’s great to have him support me and I appreciate it. But I feel the same way he does — I just want to win.”
Davis gave a vote of confidence to Gruden after Sunday’s loss while blaming himself for the Raiders’ current situation, saying, “Where this team is right now is my fault.”
While the aforementioned vote of confidence can be a harbinger of bad things to come for a coach, Davis has no choice but to do so with Gruden, given the huge financial commitment to the coaching retread.
Davis’ hand arguably has been forced by essentially tying the Raiders’ long-term future to Gruden, whose own unreasonably optimistic outlook ought to be questioned. At least the two share a similar outlook amid the season’s utter disappointment, given how the two are bound to one another for all intents and purposes amid the organization-wide dysfunction.