Jon Gruden: Raiders are on “cutting edge of beating the virus”

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At a time when some political leaders say the nation is rounding the turn on COVID-19, a football leader is making a similar boast that simply isn’t backed up by reality.

“As an organization, we are on the cutting edge of beating the virus,” Raiders coach Jon Gruden claimed on Monday (via Vic Tafur of TheAthletic.com), a day after Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reported that Gruden’s team faces a significant fine and potential loss of a draft pick for its latest COVID-19 protocol breach. Gruden’s boast also comes a day after his team was blown out by the Buccaneers, thanks in part to an expectation that the Raiders proceed with the game as scheduled even though the entire starting offensive line wasn’t available for the three most important practice days prior to the game.

“We’re not the only team in the league, so you know, that’s had people catch the virus,” Gruden said. And he’s right. But the Raiders are the only team to have multiple and various issues, from Gruden blatantly refusing to wear a mask to an unauthorized person in the locker room to a group of players ridiculously attending an indoor event with too many people and not nearly enough masks to last week’s positive test for tackle Trent Brown and the ensuing temporary banishment of those who were in contact with him.

So, yes, the Raiders are among the worst teams when it comes to dealing with COVID-19, and they are even farther from being on the “cutting edge of beating the virus” than the nation is from turning the corner. But as we’ve learned over the past four years, things like cold, hard facts no longer prevent those in positions of power or influence from saying whatever they feel like saying, whenever they feel like saying it.

31 responses to “Jon Gruden: Raiders are on “cutting edge of beating the virus”

  1. ….and they have no QB and a bottom 5 defense since the Mack trade. Congrats Chucky, you did it!

  2. I guess he thinks if all the players get it and get it over with he is at an advantage. That’s the only logical conclusion I can draw. Must have been spending too much time drawing that plan up and not enough time preparing for the Bucs, that’s why they got curb stomped.

  3. If you were on the cutting edge of anything, your team would have never gotten the virus in the first place. You’re a freaking genius, Gruden.

  4. Gruden thinks that if he can convince the NFL that the Raiders honestly believed Covid was nearly over and the Raiders weren’t taking unnecessary risks, the NFL will go light on them regarding punishment for bteach of protocols. Good luck!

  5. I think he means to just have the whole team catch it and take their damage now to get it over with. But thats been thought of before so not a ‘cutting edge’ idea.

  6. Longtimepackerfan says:
    October 26, 2020 at 6:27 pm

    Ummm, we are rounding the corner.

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    itsouryear says:
    October 26, 2020 at 7:41 pm

    We are rounding the corner.

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    Things are as bad as they’ve been since the pandemic started.

  7. I didn’t know Gruden lived in a fantasy world. For a guy that would ride his bike around Green Bay that’s pretty bold

  8. One thing I notice when I read this article is the author seeks the extreme left view, meanwhile Gruden has the extreme right view. And everyone is so polarized that any discussion is between only those two extremes. But as is common in life, the truth lies in the middle ground. And thats the problem, people are so polarized in their extremes (includes BOTH presidential campaigns as much as the folks on this thread) that no one is willing to explore that middle ground so in the end neither side has the right answer. Here we are talking about Covid but this is true of so many topics these days. Sigh and smh both.

    That said, the NFL rules are not a political statement to be considered, they are rules to be followed equally by every team. Regardless of any team’s thoughts about any of those rules, whether right or wrong, its important all teams be following the same rules the same way in order to maintain fair and equal competition.

  9. Gruden has a tendency to use phrases incorrectly.

    I think he meant to say that they were on the verge of beating the virus, even though that too sounds like a ridiculous pipe dream.

  10. Gruden is the same type of obnoxious imbecile and below-average HC as Rex Ryan and Hugh Jackson.

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