Jon Gruden on Antonio Brown in Oakland: I’m not in the relationship business

AP

Antonio Brown was traded from the Steelers to the Raiders in part because of his relationships with coaches and teammates in Pittsburgh. In Oakland, his coach says he’s not going to concern himself with that.

Raiders coach Jon Gruden said Brown and Derek Carr will build a relationship in time, and Gruden isn’t worried about it.

“I’m not going to get into the relationship business,” Gruden said. “I think Brown is a great guy. I love having him here. Derek is a great guy. You can’t rush a relationship. You just don’t have a great relationship in three weeks or two months. It’s something that you’ve got to earn and you’ve got to really work and, and that’s why it’s important that we spend time together. I’m a little worn out with all the relationships and all the things that really don’t matter right now.”

Brown declined to attend the start of Organized Team Activities in Oakland, which Gruden also said was not a problem.

30 responses to “Jon Gruden on Antonio Brown in Oakland: I’m not in the relationship business

  1. Antonio Brown has all the talent in the world, but like Odell Beckham he’s a head case with an outsized ego.

  2. 3yardsndust says: “Antonio Brown has all the talent in the world, but like Odell Beckham he’s a head case with an outsized ego.”
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    So what if he’s a head case? All teams and fans care about is if he can run his routes and make the catch.

    Grow up, the NFL isn’t your high school glee club.

  3. Once again, voluntary work outs causing a problem in the media for players. NFLPA and NFL need to fix it.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    From what I can tell, coaches literally do not care about players choosing to not attend voluntary activities. This is a media driven storyline to rile up the average Joe’s whose jobs don’t allow voluntary attendance.

    The players are acting within the contract terms. That is honorable. Period.

  4. The players are acting within the contract terms. That is honorable. Period.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++

    Legal? Yes.
    Honorable? Not so much.

  5. Way too much negative overreaction to Gruden’s first year back as a head coach.

    If he sucks again this season, then let’s condescend.

    Who knows how this is going to end. And no, I’m not a Raiders fan, far from it.

  6. If the Raiders wind up on hard knocks i will strongly conciser getting HBO. HBO should be lobbying the NFL to make it happen. I’m not a dumpster fire reality show kind of guy but this would be priceless.

  7. AB not being here is not a problem, said coach Jon Gruden through a clenched jaw and gritted teath.

  8. Isnt he in Pittsburgh for the traffic ticket ? Not to mention he works as harder or harder then anyone. You Raider haters are about to have a rough year !

  9. AB is an out of control narcissist the same as TO was.
    I’m just glad this fool is out of Pittsburgh.

  10. Why do coaches keep saying they don”t mind when a high profile player that’s not in a contract doesn’t show up for voluntary practices yet when they do they’re applauded for their leadership and maturity?

  11. its either going to be good, or its going to be a disaster. no inbetween. I dont think Carr can handle Brown, he will cry at some point in the season, bet on it.

  12. at the end of the day this is a demotion for AB. who cares what the “experts” think about what the mike mayock and jon gruden “to be continued” vegas raiders road show! these guys are 7-9 at best! we all know that’s true too unless there’s a couple super optimistic raiders fans reading this 🙂 the most i can see for AB stats wise this upcoming season with d carr as his QB is as follows : 90 receptions 1,161 receiving yards 12.9 ypc 9 tds. he definitely won’t go over any of these numbers his first year with carr. feel free to get back to me about it come december cheers 🙂

  13. I think Carr and Brown will get along fine, and I think eventually people will realize that it’s Ben Roethlisberger who was the problem.

  14. this is going to be wildly successful…or a complete disaster. No middle of the road. I like it. Go big…or they might be going home.

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