Jon Gruden supports Raiders personnel decisions viewed as “questionable”

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Some people would say that the Las Vegas Raiders made some puzzling personnel decisions this offseason.

However, Raiders head coach Jon Gruden wouldn’t agree with those assessments.

Obviously, we like it on paper,” Gruden said, via Kevin Patra of the league’s website. “We made some changes that are, you know, in some people’s eyes, uh, questionable. But we’re younger, I think we’re faster. I think we do have more depth. It’s hard to update that question right now without seeing everything in pads at full strength.”

The biggest head-scratcher was signing running back Kenyan Drake to a two-year, $11 million deal this offseason with an established starter in Josh Jacobs already in place. Additionally, the selection of tackle Alex Leatherwood in the first round was curious as well given he was far from a consensus first-round talent.

The Raiders have made their decisions and now will need to make them successful one way or another. Gruden is entering his fourth season as the Raiders head coach and the team has yet to post a winning record during his return to the helm.

“We proved we can compete in the AFC West,” Gruden said. “We proved we can win on the road. Now we’ve got to prove we can win at a much higher level.”

16 responses to “Jon Gruden supports Raiders personnel decisions viewed as “questionable”

  1. Can we just all please put our differences aside and agree that the Raiders are a train wreck?

  2. Drake is going to be used more like a joker position and won’t really change how Jacobs is used. If the Raiders drafted their 2nd rounder in the 1st round and somehow got leatherwood in the 2nd round we wouldn’t even be having this discussion.

  3. Gruden signed Drake bc Jacobs was getting overworked as the #1 RB. He had the 2nd most attempts last season behind only Henry. Also, having that 1-2 punch at RB will come up huge late in the season, when Raiders have typically struggled to run the ball. The OL being old and regressing held the offense back big time, hence the hacking. Tbh, you couldn’t tell the difference when James took over for Hud, which is why they traded Hud. Saved $ and got MUCH younger.

    In reality, Raiders only have 1 new offensive lineman starting, so it’s not the big rebuild the media is making it out to be. Leatherwood us a HUGE upgrade to Parker, who is the lowest graded RT in the NFL since 2018. So, by that logic, the OL will be improved over last season.

    I think they should’ve offered Brown in a trade with ATL for Julio, just so Carr finally had a REAL #1, but that’s just my opinion. The offense as a whole WILL be better. The defense should also be much better, with an elite pass rusher added and a legit deep safety also added, along with a much easier scheme to learn (and a couple vets there to help teach it).

    All in all, it was in no way a terrible off-season. They upgraded where they needed to, and are much younger now. They should make the playoffs, and with another good draft, could start contending for the SB. It really boils down to the next draft tho. That draft will make or break Grudens HC career.

  4. Of course he supports the decisions, he made them. Hard to throw your GM under the bus when everyone knows you are the defacto GM.

    Mayock’s only question when told to jump is to ask how high.

  5. The time has come to step up and get a Playoff birth… Knock on wood if you’re with me!

  6. Of course he’s happy with them…he made the decisions. All I know is that Andre James better be really good to have dumped Hudson.

  7. If someone was capable of criticizing personnel decisions before seeing the outcome, every NFL owner would be willing to give them a percentage of their franchise in exchange for their talents. Right now is a good time to start evaluating the 2016 and 2017 drafts. How do we know Leatherwood won’t become a HOFer? Did the same people criticizing that pick also have Orlando Brown rated as a third rounder?

  8. If the Leatherwood and Moehrig picks were swapped, the Raiders would have had an “A” draft. They ended up with the same two guys either way but the analysts don’t like the order they were picked because it makes their predictions wrong. While I am unhappy with the Raiders progress, particularly on defense in the past few years, the so called experts aren’t as smart as they think they are. Did any of them cry out for Brady to be a 1st round pick?

  9. They have no idea how the Raiders are going to use Drake. Jacobs will get his carries but Drake adds crazy depth and a whole bunch of options out of the backfield.

  10. How was Drake a head scratcher considering the way we played Booker last season and how effective he was?

  11. If the Leatherwood and Moehrig picks were swapped, the Raiders would have had an “A” draft. They ended up with the same two guys either way but the analysts don’t like the order they were picked because it makes their predictions wrong. While I am unhappy with the Raiders progress, particularly on defense in the past few years, the so called experts aren’t as smart as they think they are. Did any of them cry out for Brady to be a 1st round pick?
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    This is inaccurate. Raiders also gave up a fourth round pick to get Moehrig. So not as simple as the order the 2 players were picked. And we could have used that 4th round pick as we have so many holes to fill like a DT or LB depth.

  12. Yes, it’s always a head-scratcher when a team adds a player with the REALISTIC potential to produce 1200+ yards of offense. I mean… throw them in the nut-house.

    If Jacobs gets injured, Gruden will be hailed as a genius.

  13. PFT had Leatherwood going #27 to the Ravens. He filled a need for the Ravens but not for another team needing a RT?

    27. Ravens: Alex Leatherwood, tackle, Alabama.

    With Orlando Brown gone, Leatherwood fills the need created by the trade.

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