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Monday, January 27, 2020

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Jon Gruden has muted reaction to Antonio Brown joining Patriots

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Oakland Raiders coach Jon Gruden is sticking to the script after Antonio Brown signed with the New England Patriots.

Brown landed with the Patriots mere hours after the Raiders granted him his release. Gruden, reached for comment by Jerry McDonald of Bay Area News Group, was to simply wish his former wide receiver the best.

There’s no way Gruden is happy about this. They wanted to make it work, they tried to accommodate him, and Brown forced his release and landed in New England so fast that some are suspicious that either Brown or the Patriots acted inappropriately. The fact that Brown is so thrilled probably isn’t going to make Gruden and the Raiders happy either. They have nothing to gain from going scorched earth, however, at least on the record.

Jon Gruden: Raiders ‘exhausted everything’ with Antonio Brown

Jon Gruden

More than anyone else in the Oakland Raider organization, coach Jon Gruden badly wanted to make things work with Antonio Brown. On Saturday, though, even he could see that there was nothing left to do to make things work.

Gruden admitted Saturday that the Raiders had “exhausted everything” trying to make things work with Brown, and ultimately wished him well.

Gruden stood by Brown even after the wide receiver’s verbal confrontation with GM Mike Mayock. That alone demonstrates just how determined Gruden was to make the relationship work. Ultimately, not even he could hold it together, and his big offseason gamble ultimately turned out to be a failure.

Antonio Brown posts YouTube video containing conversation with Jon Gruden

Antonio Brown posted a video on YouTube Friday night that contained audio from a phone conversation he had with Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden.

Brown posted the video to his YouTube account and a brief clip on Instagram. Brown’s video summary suggested his goal was to control his own narrative.

“With all these false narratives antagonizing me, it’s time for me to control my own narrative. Show the world I’m not the bad guy. Show the world you can free yourself from the lies and become your own person. I am not just AB the football player, I am Antonio Brown, the person, who paved a way for himself to be in charge of his own life. Free me!” Brown wrote.

The video contains audio from Gruden telling Brown he is “not a villain” and just “misunderstood.”

“You’re not a villain. You’re just the most misunderstood f—ing human being in my entire life that I’ve ever met,” Gruden is heard telling Brown. “I brought you here because you’re my favorite guy. I’ve never seen anyone work harder. I don’t know where you are in your life off the field. All I know is you’ve got a lot of things going. There’s a lot of people that have an opinion about you. Whether it be good or bad, you’re in the spotlight all the time.

“Let me ask you this: do you want to be a Raider or not?

“Please stop this s— and just play football. How hard is that? You’re a great football player, just play football.”

Brown is heard saying he is “more than just a football player.”

Here is the video. Beware it contains curse words:

According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, Gruden was said to be amused by the video and found it to be “awesome.”

Maybe Brown didn’t want “Hard Knocks” getting all the good content and was saving it for himself.

Brown has been fined twice by the Raiders this week, once for missing a practice event and the second time for his incident with Raiders GM Mike Mayock. Brown is still expected to play on Monday night.

Boof! Jon Gruden is a big fan of Le’Veon Bell’s blitz pickup

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Jon Gruden is a big fan of Le’Veon Bell and his pass-blocking abilities.

During the final episode of “Hard Knocks” featuring the Oakland Raiders, Gruden was visiting with his running backs and trying to show them about ideal blitz pickup. He showed clips of two players: Bell and Danny Woodhead.

When Bell picks up a blitz, he does so with a thump on his opponent. Take a look at this hit from 2017:

Bell sat out all of last season because of a refusal to play under the franchise tag from the Pittsburgh Steelers. He signed with the New York Jets in the offseason and is looking forward to a return to competition. Gruden sure is a fan of the running back.

‘Knock on wood if you’re with me’ – Jon Gruden’s ‘Hard Knocks’ catchphrase goes viral

Jon Gruden has been the breakout star of this season of “Hard Knocks” on HBO. The Oakland Raiders head coach has been delivering comical one-liners, tons of energy, and plenty of enthusiasm throughout the program. But the one thing that has stood out most of all has been his catchphrase, “Knock on wood if you’re with me.”

After speaking to his team and making a point, Gruden will often say “knock on wood if you’re with me,” which leads his players to give a response. It seems to be his way of keeping his team engaged while he speaks.

Here’s a compilation video:

If there’s one big takeaway from Gruden’s appearances on Hard Knocks, it’s definitely that catchphrase.

Here we were thinking Gruden already had a specific catchphrase. Now we’ve come to learn that the Raiders have a new motto for 2019.

Knock on wood if you’re with me.

Jon Gruden’s son Jayson is an aspiring Muay Thai kickboxing fighter

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One of Jon Gruden’s sons is continuing the family’s tradition of working in athletics, though he’s trying to make it in a different sport.

Gruden has three sons — Jon II (aka “Deuce”), Michael, and Jayson. Deuce is a competitive weightlifter who works in the Raiders’ strength department, Michael is a recent Tennessee graduate, and Jayson is trying to carve out a career as a combat fighter.

Episode 4 of HBO’s “Hard Knocks” featuring the Oakland Raiders aired on Tuesday night. In the episode, Gruden was shown doing some things away from the football field. That included making a visit with his wife Cindy to watch Jayson train.

Jon said that Jayson just graduated high school and will be going to a junior college in the Bay Area.

“He wants to be a professional fighter,” Gruden said of Jayson. “He’s serious about it, so we’re supporting him.”

Jayson trains at Combat Sports Academy in Dublin, Calif. In November, he had his first Muay Thai kickboxing fight and won.

“We all have a screw loose in our family, that’s for sure,” Coach Gruden said on Hard Knocks regarding his son’s decision to pursue a career in combat sports.

Maybe that is the case. We’re all better for it because that Gruden family sure is fun.

Jon Gruden defends Antonio Brown: ‘It’s not been a distraction’

Antonio Brown has made headlines for all the wrong reasons during his first offseason with the Oakland Raiders, but head coach Jon Gruden insists none of that has been a detriment to the team.

Brown practiced on Tuesday amid his latest grievance against the NFL, and Gruden said the star receiver wore a certified helmet and is “all-in.” Gruden was later asked if Brown’s highly publicized helmet dispute or unfortunate foot injury have become a distraction for the Raiders, and he defended the Pro Bowler.

It would appear that Gruden and Raiders GM Mike Mayock are playing good cop, bad cop with Brown, and Gruden is clearly the former. Mayock essentially gave Brown an ultimatum last week and told him he needs to decide where his priorities lie, while Gruden is saying publicly that the receiver’s helmet grievance is an important issue.

Brown is doing everything he can to keep wearing the same helmet he has had since his rookie year despite already losing one grievance over it. He’s even reportedly gone as far as to try to trick the Raiders by wearing a bootleg helmet, but apparently Gruden isn’t concerned.