Jon Gruden: We won’t overanalyze playing in cold weather

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Raiders coach Jon Gruden declared himself “really disappointed” with how his team played in Sunday’s 34-3 loss to the Jets, but said he wouldn’t use the cold and wet conditions at MetLife Stadium as an excuse for why the Raiders didn’t play well.

It’s hard to ignore that the Raiders don’t play well when the weather is a factor, however. The team is now 2-9 in games started by Derek Carr when the temperature is under 50 degrees and that’s expected to be the case in Kansas City again this week.

Gruden acknowledged that the Raiders are “not a lot of experienced people when it comes to rain and cold,” but said that he’s not going to spend too much time trying to figure out why things haven’t worked as well once the air gets chilly.

“I’m not a genius. I’m not Thomas Edison, I don’t know how to do that,” Gruden said, via the East Bay Times. “We’re just trying to show pictures of people that are cold that deal with cold. I don’t know. We’re not going to overanalyze it.”

The Raiders haven’t won at Arrowhead Stadium since 2012 and Chiefs coach Andy Reid has a sparkling record coming out of bye weeks, so Sunday’s game would be a tough test regardless of the weather conditions. If the Raiders can’t pass it, a playoff push is going to be more difficult.

16 responses to “Jon Gruden: We won’t overanalyze playing in cold weather

  1. It was the media that went crazy and raised expectations for this team to a crazy level.

    They’ve barely begun building the team and need some time, but if you can’t see it coming then you have to be blind.

  2. They weren’t supposed to be good this year, then they were. Then everyone put them on a pedestal and they fell off and now they are suddenly the biggest disappointment of the season?

  3. raiderdave31 says:
    November 26, 2019 at 10:16 am
    10-6 gets in, and that is very doable at this point.

    as far as a division title, Oak will need help after winning out. Mostly from NE over KC.
    10-6 will get you nothing but an early tee time…

  4. So, it is obviously a problem, but since Gruden doesn’t have a snap answer (and cannot admit anyone else may be smarter than him), they won’t spend any time analyzing or planning for the weather. Meanwhile, coaches like Belichick (and others) analyze and try to prepare for as many conditions and situations as possible.

  5. The Raiders are quitters. The first Chiefs game they came out ready to play, and the Chiefs dug in and throttled them in the 2nd QTR, and the Raiders just gave up from there on doing everything they could to kill the clock.

    Same thing on Sunday. They completely gave up and instead of playing for pride, they bench Carr and run the ball the entire fourth QTR. Call it the weather, call it a whooping. The Raiders have a losing mentality.

  6. You do not lay down in any game that teaches weakness. The Oakland Raiders of the 60’s 70’s and 80’s would never even think about quitting in any game. Quitters do not make champions and that is the difference with what Gruden is teaching todays Raiders. Gruden needs to take a long look at Belichick who considers every game a war to be won not loss, he is the real genius here. You do not win championships by teaching your team to quit. The Raiders will not win another game this season.

  7. joetoronto says:
    November 26, 2019 at 8:53 am
    It was the media that went crazy and raised expectations for this team to a crazy level.
    Yeah, the media did it. There were no Raiders fans talking smack at all. SMH.

  8. Joe you’ve been pumping this team up all season while talking all sorts of trash. Now that they lose it’s the media’s fault?

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