Jon Gruden getting results in Year 2 in Oakland

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After an ugly first year in Oakland, Jon Gruden suddenly looks like he has his team heading in the right direction.

Sunday’s win over the Bears improves the Raiders to 3-2 on the season. Right now they’d be the final wild card team in the AFC playoffs, and even if they’re far from a safe bet to make the postseason, that’s an enormous step forward from last year, when they finished 4-12.

And they’re doing it with two first-round rookies, defensive end Clelin Ferrell and safety Johnathan Abram, out with injuries, and leading receiver Tyrell Williams out as well. Between those injuries and the disaster that was Antonio Brown, the Raiders have had plenty of adversity, but Gruden’s team has handled it.

Rookie running back Josh Jacobs, acquired with one of the first-round picks the Raiders got from the Bears in the Khalil Mack trade, had 26 carries for 123 yards and two touchdowns, plus three catches for 20 yards, in yesterday’s win. The Raiders also have the Bears’ first-round pick next year, and if that player and Jacobs are good players for the Raiders for years to come, that’s going to change the narrative around the Mack trade.

The Raiders’ rebuild appears to be ahead of schedule. That should generate plenty of excitement in their new home of Las Vegas in 2020, when they have two first-round draft picks and lots of cap space. In Year 2 for Gruden’s return to Oakland, things are looking up.

In 2020, Year 1 in Las Vegas, the Raiders are poised to win.

25 responses to “Jon Gruden getting results in Year 2 in Oakland

  1. Good to see a positive article about Gruden. Well deserved. Mack is a HOF potential player but Raiders drafting Jacobs is good value and an excellent start to trying to make the trade beneficial for both sides. Raiders beating Indy and the Bears is no fluke . They are a competitive team with an extremely bright future

  2. Gruden really bit off a lot, so many rookies and so many other new faces but they’re already gelling.

    I haven’t been as high on a Raiders RB since Bo Jackson, Josh Jacobs is a stud, a flat out stud.

    If the Raiders walk into Lambeau and plow the Packers down like they did the Bears, the narrative on this team will change immensely.

  3. I don’t know what was so ugly about last year. They started rolling late in the season after the players learned the playbook. When Bill Walsh took over the terrible 49ers’ team, they went 2-14 the first year. Chuck Noll was 1-13 his first year in Pittsburgh. Jimmy Johnson was 1-15 his first year in Dallas. That’s a total of four wins between those 3 coaches, and Gruden won four games in one year. Those guys all went on to win multiple super bowls. They also all took over teams that hadn’t done a lot of winning lately. The Raiders had 1 winning season in the 15 years before Gruden got hired. None of those HOF coaches were able to win with the awful players they inherited. As we’re seeing, Gruden is being smart and bringing in good players. Gruden already has one super bowl win, and he did that with a Tampa Bay team that hadn’t won a playoff games the prior two seasons, and only one playoff victory the previous four years. The idea that Gruden inherited a dynasty from Tony Dungy just doesn’t add up with the facts. I love Tony Dungy, but let’s not get crazy. Gruden is a coaching genius.

  4. Yeah it’s early but people thought we would be in the Deadskins/Dolphins boat. I don’t expect a playoff birth but just keep building and adding talent. The O-line looked outstanding against a great defense, I love that. I’m still not sold on Jon but I hope he surprieses me.

  5. codylaws says:
    October 7, 2019 at 3:55 pm
    what happen to Mack talking smack? I’ve said the Bears are done without Trubisky.
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    Mitchell isn’t even the best QB on that team..

  6. Josh Jacobs indeed looks like the real deal, unlike Darren McFadden, whom I had high hopes for ten years ago. If we can draft smartly again next year, I think we’ll be set. Just win, baby!

  7. The Raiders also have the Bears’ first-round pick next year, and if that player and Jacobs are good players for the Raiders for years to come, that’s going to change the narrative around the Mack trade.

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    It was the biggest return haul in NFL history for a single defensive player. Those in the media refused to speak the truth of the trade, much less the benefits of not only the draft picks, but the salary cap freedom. Which was used to sign All Pro Tackle Trent Brown with room to spare. 100% freedom to build this team any way you like. It’s wisely being built from the inside out. We have a massive offensive line that will push more defenses around this year and the years to come. And we are about get starting guard Gabe Jackson back in the line up.

  8. charliecharger says:
    October 7, 2019 at 3:54 pm
    I don’t know what was so ugly about last year. They started rolling late in the season after the players learned the playbook. When Bill Walsh took over the terrible 49ers’ team, they went 2-14 the first year. Chuck Noll was 1-13 his first year in Pittsburgh. Jimmy Johnson was 1-15 his first year in Dallas. That’s a total of four wins between those 3 coaches, and Gruden won four games in one year. Those guys all went on to win multiple super bowls. They also all took over teams that hadn’t done a lot of winning lately. The Raiders had 1 winning season in the 15 years before Gruden got hired. None of those HOF coaches were able to win with the awful players they inherited. As we’re seeing, Gruden is being smart and bringing in good players. Gruden already has one super bowl win, and he did that with a Tampa Bay team that hadn’t won a playoff games the prior two seasons, and only one playoff victory the previous four years. The idea that Gruden inherited a dynasty from Tony Dungy just doesn’t add up with the facts. I love Tony Dungy, but let’s not get crazy. Gruden is a coaching genius.

    Please tell me that you are not comparing John Gruden to Chuck Noll, Bill Walsh or Jimmy Johnson.

  9. The Raiders are more talented than last year, but many of them are in their first, second, or third year. They need time to learn and develop, and are getting that experience on the job by playing now.The players seem to realize that they can compete by playing as a team, not just a collection of individuals. Over the season, and barring injury, they will continue to improve on both sides of the ball.

    At 3-2, the Raiders are halfway to their pundit predicted win total with 11 games to go. A playoff push is possible, I guess, but would require so many things to go right. I still think 7 or 8 wins with a few close losses would be an excellent year to build on as they move to Las Vegas.

  10. webster8723 says:
    October 7, 2019 at 3:42 pm
    3 and 2?? I think its way to early for this article… but what do I know

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    Look at the schedule. Oakland has not had an easy start to the year. Had 1 bad QUARTER against the Chiefs, and an absolute dreadful showing against the Vikings, other than that Raiders have looked good. Problem is people love to just parrot the media which loves to hate the Raiders without actually watching the games. Strength of schedule absolutely must be talked about. NE is 5-0, but who have they played?

  11. Go figure the NFL — I don’t know how in hell the Viking obliterated the Raiders and then got obliterated by the Bears.

  12. As a Raiders fan, it does seem like they have some good things going, but I don’t believe it will be sustainable. Carr can’t throw downfield, and the defense is atrocious. No pass rush, LB corps is depleted, secondary hasn’t panned out that well. I think the ceiling for this team is 7-9, but I think they’ll end up more along the lines of 6-10. Teams will continue to stack the box until Carr can show that he can push it downfield, and he is unable to do so. Next year this team will have a new QB with some nice building blocks.

    I was against taking Jacobs in the first round, and while he’s proven to be a stud so far. Didn’t love the Ferrell or Abram picks either though. Jury’s still out.

  13. Nevada will be an extra drawing power to Free Agents as Nevada has no State Income Tax. All home game salaries will pay zero state income tax.

  14. Love the way you lot (media) just change your mind every 5 seconds. I admit it was a very close win over the Bears, one dropped pass or if they failed on that 4th down the Raiders would lose and then we would hear negative stuff about Gruden, how trading Mack was a bad move and so on. Instead its a win and now its the opposite, if the Raiders lose to the Packers then no doubt it’ll go back to Grudens overpaid etc.

    It takes time to build a quality team, this year i hope for 7-9/8-8, next year if the season i’m expecting playoffs for the Raiders. Tons of cap space, draft picks (if used well) and the Raiders could really bounce back

  15. joetoronto says:

    October 7, 2019 at 3:53 pm

    Gruden really bit off a lot, so many rookies and so many other new faces but they’re already gelling.

    I haven’t been as high on a Raiders RB since Bo Jackson, Josh Jacobs is a stud, a flat out stud.

    If the Raiders walk into Lambeau and plow the Packers down like they did the Bears, the narrative on this team will change immensely.
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    Bo Jackson, right, seek help.

  16. Where’s all dem dopes that said Jacobs would bust because he wasn’t a feature back in Saban City? Raiders aren’t a playoff team. They just don’t have all the bodies they need, but they aren’t an easy Sunday and should get stronger as they transition to Nevada.

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