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#pounditThursday, January 28, 2021

Raiders fans react to Jon Gruden complaining about lack of pass rush

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Jon Gruden really had the gall to complain about the Oakland Raiders’ lack of a pass rush on Sunday against the Denver Broncos, and you can guess how that went over with fans.

The Raiders lost 20-19 to the Denver Broncos on a field goal in the final seconds. For the second straight game, the team collapsed in the second half and blew it. They were up 12-0 at halftime in Denver and led 19-10 in the fourth quarter before giving the game away.

The team only had one sack, which seemed to be an issue for Gruden after the game. The head coach said the Raiders have to “do something to get more pressure, maybe call more blitzes,” according to Vic Tafur.

Fans all had the same reaction: Hello! You traded away the team’s best pass rusher.

Gruden made a decision that he wasn’t going to pay Khalil Mack the big money the former Defensive Player of the Year was seeking. He ended up trading Mack to Chicago before the season.

Fans were left frustrated with Gruden and all had similar reactions to the coach’s comment:

Game-changing pass rushers aren’t so easy to come by, which is why they are paid a premium. Once you decide to make such a bold move like that and get rid of one, it’s hard to turn around and complain about missing what he delivers.

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