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Thursday, July 9, 2020

Articles tagged: Jon Gruden

Ex-Raider disputes narrative that Jon Gruden, Derek Carr don’t get along

Jon Gruden

Jon Gruden and Derek Carr have seemed like something of an odd couple to this point of their relationship, but one player who witnessed the dynamic firsthand thinks that they work together just fine.

In an appearance this week on “The Pat McAfee Show,” former Raiders wide receiver Jordy Nelson was asked about the mainstream media narrative that Gruden and Carr don’t get along.

“I mean, you see Gruden on the sideline where I assume if it was mic’d up, there would be a lot of beeping going on and you really wouldn’t understand what he was saying,” said Nelson. “And Derek is a more of a calmer, obviously Christian dude that is not gonna cuss anyone out or do anything like that. So I think their two demeanors and personalities might clash. But they honestly get along great. I mean, it’s a good balance.

“There’s a couple times when I was there they got a little fiery at each other,” Nelson added. “But that happens with everyone … The one thing I think that works great with those two, Derek is extremely smart and puts in so much time and work that he can handle everything that Gruden’s throwing at him.

Nelson spent the final year of his career in 2018 with the Raiders, catching passes from Carr. That season also marked Gruden’s first with the team.

Rumors abounded last season that there was a major disconnect between Gruden and Carr, and they may have only grown louder when the Raiders brought in Marcus Mariota this offseason. But that perception is probably more rooted in the difference in their personalities, as Nelson says, rather than an actual rift.

Jon Gruden says Raiders want to continue building around Derek Carr

Derek Carr

Rumors have been swirling for about two years now that Derek Carr may not be with the Raiders much longer, but head coach Jon Gruden continues to insist he has no plans to part ways with the quarterback.

When asked about Carr at the NFL Scouting Combine on Thursday, Gruden said he can’t address every rumor about his quarterback but is looking forward to building around Carr going forward.

“I really think Derek is a heck of a player and I got a lot of respect for what he has done with some tough circumstances,” Gruden said, via ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez. “So, I’m not going to answer every media rumor out there. I just can’t do it. I’m just going to listen to my Sirius Rock n’ Roll classic vinyl and keep working. But I love what Derek Carr brings to our team and anxious to continue to build around him.”

Many interpreted that as Gruden’s way of saying Carr will remain with the team in 2020, but the coach also said the Raiders need to improve at the quarterback position. However, he didn’t necessarily mean improving by bringing in someone to replace Carr.

Earlier in the week, Raiders general manager Mike Mayock left the door open for the Raiders to move on from Carr. If the Raiders have a chance to sign Tom Brady, it’s impossible to imagine Mayock and Gruden opting to keep Carr rather than making a run with the greatest QB of all time.

While Gruden has vocally backed Carr as the Raiders’ long-term quarterback, there were some reports late last season that indicated the quarterback’s days with the team may be numbered.

Jon Gruden, Mark Davis look like twins at Golden Knights game

Mark Davis

Jon Gruden and Mark Davis represented at a Vegas Golden Knights game on Thursday.

The Raiders owner and head coach were shown on the video board inside T-Mobile Arena during the second period as the Golden Knights trailed the defending champion St. Louis Blues. If you didn’t know any better, you’d think these two handsome men were brothers.

Owner Mark Davis was looking sharp as always with his hairstyle, and Gruden was trendy with his fanny pack.

The Raiders moved to Las Vegas ahead of the 2020 NFL season and are already becoming fixtures on the Sin City scene. Gruden was doing his best to connect with the fans:

Report: Jon Gruden wants Raiders to sign Tom Brady

Jon Gruden

Rumors linking Tom Brady to the Raiders have picked up steam over the past few weeks, and the team’s interest in the 42-year-old old quarterback appears to be legitimate.

The Raiders are planning to pursue Brady if he does not re-sign with the New England Patriots before the start of free agency next month, and sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that Raiders coach Jon Gruden wants Brady to be his quarterback in 2020. Brady and Gruden have a good relationship, and Gruden has admired Brady for quite some time.

Gruden, of course, was the head coach of the Raiders when the Patriots advanced to the AFC Championship in 2002 thanks in large part to the infamous “tuck rule” play. Gruden has openly said that call still irritates him to this day, but he clearly doesn’t hold it against Brady.

Brady fueled some of the Raiders rumors two weeks ago when he mingled with team owner Mark Davis at UFC 246. There were then reports that the six-time Super Bowl champion has purchased a home in Las Vegas, but there’s been no proof of that.

A report from Sunday made it sound like the Patriots are willing to spend big to keep Brady. While Schefter notes that the Raiders could offer Brady a solid offensive line and endless new marketing possibilities in Las Vegas, the odds still favor Brady remaining in New England.

There have been questions about Derek Carr’s future with the Raiders since the moment Gruden re-joined the team, and the two may not have gotten along that well this past season. If the Raiders had a legitimate chance to sign Brady, Gruden would almost certainly be willing to part with Carr.

Derek Carr, Jon Gruden have ‘significant disconnect’?

Jon Gruden

As the Oakland Raiders finish off a disappointing season, it appears there may be changes beyond just the move to Las Vegas for 2020.

In a new column, Michael Lombardi of The Athletic writes that a “significant disconnect” exists between coach Jon Gruden and quarterback Derek Carr after two seasons together. In Lombardi’s view, Carr does not demonstrate enough of the qualities that Gruden prefers in quarterbacks, namely mistake avoidance and a certain fire and toughness.

Lombardi believes that the 10-20 record Gruden has amassed since rejoining the Raiders will not sit well with the coach. Lombardi also thinks the Raiders will draft a quarterback and use Carr’s relatively affordable contract as a trade chip.

Gruden has vocally backed Carr as the Raiders’ long-term quarterback, but that was a year ago now. Carr’s numbers in 2019 haven’t been a huge improvement on 2018, and Oakland still isn’t winning. That may be enough for Gruden to stake his tenure on a new quarterback if he doesn’t think Carr can ultimately get the job done.

Watch: Raiders win crucial pass interference challenge to take Jets TD away

Jon Gruden

NFL head coaches have had almost no luck when challenging pass interference calls and no-calls this season, but the Oakland Raiders were on the right end of a no-call that was challenged early in Sunday’s game against the New York Jets paid off in a big way.

Demaryius Thomas got wide open for an easy touchdown in the first quarter, but the reason he was left alone is that an Oakland Raiders player was being illegally blocked downfield. No flag was thrown, but the play was automatically reviewed since it was a scoring play. The officials decided there was offensive pass interference and called the touchdown back.

The Jets ended up having to settle for a field goal on the drive.

We have seen some instances this year where officials refuse to overturn the call on the field even when the evidence is clear as day, so it’s somewhat surprising that the ruling on the field was overturned. While it may not feel like it, it is still worth throwing a challenge flag in those situations.

Jon Gruden has funny response to brother Jay’s firing

Jon Gruden

Anyone who’s been a football coach for a while has probably been fired at one point. Oakland Raiders coach Jon Gruden sure has, and now he empathizes with his brother.

Jay Gruden was fired by the Washington Redskins on Monday after an 0-5 start to the season. Jon, his older brother, commented on that move in a rather hilarious way.

“I’m obviously very disappointed for my brother,” Gruden said Tuesday, via Paul Gutierrez of ESPN. “It was a long night, last couple of nights. He worked hard. Got a lot of respect for my brother. Obviously, disappointed for him getting fired.

“My dad’s been fired. I’ve been fired. Jay’s been fired and … welcome to the club, bro.”

There’s obviously sympathy here, but Gruden’s bluntness is correct. Even Bill Belichick has been fired before. It happens.

The good news for Jay? His brother could well have a job lined up for him pretty quickly if the rumors are true.