Jon Gruden avoids answering question about Amari Cooper

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Amari Cooper said Thursday that Raiders owner Mark Davis traded him to the Cowboys, not then-General Manager Reggie McKenzie or coach Jon Gruden.

Reporters asked Gruden about Cooper’s assertion that Gruden didn’t know about the trade, and McKenzie didn’t want to make it.

“I’ve heard some things in the media that are absolutely hilarious, that aren’t even close,” Gruden said, via Scott Bair of NBC Sports Bay Area.

Gruden then trolled Stephen A. Smith, Gruden’s former colleague at ESPN. When previewing the Chargers-Chiefs game on Thursday morning, Smith mentioned he had his eye on Spencer Ware, Hunter Henry and Derrick Johnson.

Ware already was ruled out with an injury; Henry tore his ACL in the offseason and hasn’t played all year; and Johnson has remained a free agent since the Raiders cut him in October.

“I’m not commenting on any of that stuff,” Gruden continued in response to Cooper. “We’ve got to get ready for Dan Ross and Boobie Clark. We’ve got to watch out for Isaac Curtis down the middle. We’ve got to get Tim Brown and all our receivers ready to play.”

Ross, Clark, Curtis and Brown all played for the Raiders or the Bengals back in the day.

22 responses to “Jon Gruden avoids answering question about Amari Cooper

  1. “I’m not commenting on any of that stuff,” Gruden continued in response to Cooper. “We’ve got to get ready for Dan Ross and Boobie Clark. We’ve got to watch out for Isaac Curtis down the middle. We’ve got to get Tim Brown and all our receivers ready to play.”

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    Classic Gruden quip. Well done.

  2. “By the time Gruden is done with the Raiders they will be a very good team.”
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    As good as the Bucs were when he left them? He gets a lot of heat because his last team steadily declined the longer he was there and the more say he got in personnel matters. Doesn’t help that he thought Peterman was the most NFL ready QB in his draft, either.

  3. Awesome response by Gruden to the tabloids. What ever happened to getting 2 sources before you run with a story? Ok, I get it. Don’t laugh too hard. By the way, when did John Madden retire from the Raiders? Isn’t he still their coach?

  4. I am not a fan of Stephen A Smith, but sorry I do not think he is a racist. I just think he is a loudmouth. But that said I don’t think Gruden is a very good coach either. If someone gave me this kind of response in my business he would not be working for me very long. He is the face of the Raider brand, like it or not. I simply expect better.

  5. Another couple seasons for Del Rio, the Raiders would’ve been Superbowl ready. Al Davis would get in fights with Mark because Mark would get too attached to players and coaches. He even banned his own son from his house often. Mark wants to relive the old days with uncle Gruden now that his dad is not there to stop it. This was a no brainer for nephew Mark so he pulled the plug on the Del Rio era. Gruden’s job is safe for the rest of his life. You NEVER EVER trade players like Mack and Cooper especially at that age. Those are the type of players you can build an entire team around. Raiders most likely will contribute to this years Super Bowl winner thanks to their trade happy syndrome.

  6. No need for Gruden to make a comment. Because virtually everytime he does it’s a lie coming out of his mouth anyway.

  7. Gruden made the Bears and Cowboys better and Playoff contenders…by getting rid of his most talented players. Enough with the Stephen A. Smith jokes to deflect attention off of him. He’s sabotaging the Raiders…

  8. Hoping I live long enough to see a 30 for 30 about this particular stint of Grudens and what lead up to it. It’s either gonna be an epic implosion or the Raiders starting a dynasty. I’m not sure there’s gonna be an in between lol.

  9. To Jon Gruden, Mark Davis, all the Raider organization and their goofy fans:
    We wish you Amari Christmas!
    thank you Raiders for turning around the Cowboys season so they can make the playoffs so the 1st round pick you are getting from Dallas will be in the mid to high twenties.

    By the way, the Bears fans also send their greetings for stealing Mack.

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