Mike Mayock: Jon Gruden has “final say”


The Raiders hired Mike Mayock as General Manager, though he admits that title oversells his authority.

Such that coach Jon Gruden’s $100 million contract didn’t make it clear, Mayock himself said that the coach is the boss.

“In all honesty, Jon’s got final say, if it ever comes to that, and I’ve got zero problems with that,” Mayock said, via ESPN’s Steve Levy. “Now, having said that, I think we’re going to come to a consensus, and I like a little yelling, a little screaming, a little fighting for what players you believe in. But at the end of the day, I guarantee you, Jon Gruden and I are going to know what a Raider looks like and smells like. I don’t think we’re going to have any issues.”

Of course, that’s easy to say now, that the yelling and screaming hasn’t started yet. Mayock was scouting last night’s Clemson-Alabama national championship game, and said the legwork of the job is the easy part for him.

“This is the first time I got out of the building, I think, in a week, and I’m not even kidding you,” Mayock said. “It’s been awesome. I’ve been a little overwhelmed with some of the non-football duties that go along with being a G.M., and you’ve got to kind of prioritize, get yourself back to the tape, because that’s the reason I’m there in the first place.”

The Raiders have three first-round picks in the coming draft, their own fourth overall, the 24th from the Bears and the to-be-determined Cowboys pick. They also have plenty of holes to fill after trading away Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper to get those extra picks, so Mayock will need to be more thorough than he was as a television analyst, since there’s a cost to being wrong now.

26 responses to “Mike Mayock: Jon Gruden has “final say”

  1. I think this pair will work together fine…

    My only concern is if/when the SHTF, that Gruden will make
    Mayock the fall guy. From a football and talent evaluation
    standpoint, Mayock has been ready for awhile.

  2. When Jon Picks his “Gruden Grinders” 2 rounds to high, you are going to have to defend those picks Mike and that point you are going to realize how McKenzie felt last year.

    Also, has Jon told you which team he is trading Carr to yet?

  3. “But at the end of the day, I guarantee you, Jon Gruden and I are going to know what a Raider looks like and smells like. I don’t think we’re going to have any issues.”


    Preach it Mayock. You and Gruden are both football historians. Defining what a true Raider is should come easy.

  4. Trading Mack and Cooper was not good in my opinion if I want great players on the team. Hopefully a few years from now what they get in the draft B C of the trades will be as good.

  5. So basically Mayock admitted that he is just a puppet & Jonny boy has the final say, so why hire Mayock as the g.m. in title, make him head of player personnel or head of scouting….only the Faiders can do this.

  6. Gruden with final personnel say… Yeah that worked great in Tampa.

    The parallels are kind of eerie – right down to Gruden ousting a guy whose name starts with McK- to usurp power and bringing in a yes-man.

  7. Ahhh! And thus it begins…
    We now will see if Mr. Gruden has what it takes to build a team and a team franchise’
    He talks a good game, now lets see if it’s real or all just a house of cards B/S.
    Go Go Go….Johnny Go, Johnny Be Good!

  8. Good for Mayock to bring the truth out in public. I generally like the idea of the Raiders hiring someone with as much draft expertise a Mike Mayock. But the reality is that with Gruden’s massive ego, it’s very unlikely that he’ll seriously listen to Mayock’s advice with regard to the draft.

    And therefore it’s very likely that the Raiders high draft picks (including those from the Bears & Cowboys) won’t pan out with Gruden making the ultimate decision. This is based on Gruden’s abysmal draft record with the Bucs and also based on the mostly terrible Raiders 2018 draft.

  9. realityonetwo says:
    January 8, 2019 at 10:33 am
    Two TV guys trying to run a football team. The results will be hilarious.

    Dude, we got a TV guy running the country. Not so hilarious IMO

  10. silvernblackpride says:
    January 8, 2019 at 11:40 am

    afakeraiderfan strikes again ha ha ha comical at best armchair GM and coach in one !!!


    Yawn. A typical Gruden fanboy who toes the group-think line. As for being called a “fake” Raider fan by an anonymous internet stranger, wake me when I actually care.

  11. All on the Gruden hatetrain
    And your reference to His personnel in Tampa…. I’ve said it before and here it is again.. brought into an aging cap strapped roster, wins a super bowl, down two 1st and two second round picks and still manages…1 super bowl win, 3 division titles, 4 winning seasons (including his last 2 seasons in tampa) in 7 years. Only an idiot would fire the guy! All us true Raider fans would be overwhelmed with joy over 4 winning seasons in 7 years !!

    Just the FACTS !!

  12. “They have plenty of holes to fill with those draft picks.” True but by trading away Cooper and Mack we also now have plenty of cap space for years to come. Mack got a 6 year 141 million, 23.5 avg, while Cooper is going to get at least a 5 year deal for 90 million 18.0 avg… That would have been over 40 million just for those two guys. Say what you want, but with the current CBA its all about the rookie contracts for teams, and your first non rookie deal for players….I am glad Mayock is aboard to help with those draft picks and also throw his two cents in on UFA’s.

    Go Raiders!!!

  13. That’s ok Mike. You and John aren’t the only ones who know “what a Raider smells like”. It’s very similar to the best word to describe their performance over the last 15 years. Just lose baby!

  14. It’s not like Gruden was begging for a job. He’s had many opportunities over the years, and every one of them included complete control. Mike is there to assist Jon. Not the other way around. Gruden took over a team that’s had one winning season in 16 years. Don’t panic. He knows what he’s doing. Do you think 5 first round picks in the next 2 drafts grows on trees? C’mon people. I’ll bet the Bears are already regretting giving up 2 first round picks for Mack. He’s going to be watching games from his couch this weekend.

  15. Gruden in his first Raider stint didn’t have a winning record until his 3rd season which wasn’t as good as Art Shell (1st stint) or Del Rio who each went to the playoffs in their 2nd season. In fact Gruden’s first 2 Raider seasons (1st stint) were about the same as Mike White who got fired. It was a widely known that if Gruden didn’t win in his 3rd Raider season he’d be fired by Al Davis.

    In Gruden’s first season in Tampa, he went 12-4 and won the Super Bowl (thanks largely to Barret Robbins’ breakdown) with the team that GM Rich McKay built, after which he ran McKay out of the Bucs org. & took over the draft and personnel decisions in 2004. And Gruden’s record with the Bucs from 2004 to 2008 was 38-42. In contrast the McKay built teams coached by Dungy went 48-32 from 1997 to 2001. So it’s fair to say that Gruden ran an excellent Bucs team into the ground.

  16. I’d like to find out which (if any) other teams seriously considered Gruden for HC last year (2018)? And I doubt that any other team would’ve given Gruden anywhere near 10 mil. per year. And no one else besides Son-of-Al would’ve been crazy enough to give Gruden control over the draft & personnel given his abysmal record in that capacity with the Bucs.

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