Jon Gruden: I don’t really feel pressure; Mark Davis will tell me if it’s good enough or not

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The Raiders have compiled a record of 19-29 since Jon Gruden returned as head coach in 2018.

As the team begins its second season in Las Vegas, no one really expects that Gruden will be on the hot seat if the season doesn’t result in a playoff appearance. But there are no guarantees in the NFL. So even as the Raiders have ostensibly made some significant improvements to their defense, their competitive division of the AFC West could leave them on the outside looking in when January arrives.

In an interview this week with Vinny Bonsignore of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Gruden wouldn’t go as far as General Manager Mike Mayock did last week in setting playoff expectations. The head coach also said he’s not feeling additional pressure to succeed entering the fourth season of his second stint with the franchise.

“I don’t really feel pressure,” Gruden said. “Mark Davis is going to let me know if it’s good enough or not. And I know what’s good and what isn’t. I’m 58-years-old now, and I’m not working any less than I did when I was 38.

“So I’m doing the best I can. I’m proud of the results we have gotten, but also realistic. I know what’s at stake. But I’m not going to worry about it.”

When Gruden got to the Raiders back in 2018, the team famously traded edge rusher Khalil Mack and receiver Amari Cooper, receiving multiple first-round picks to kickstart the team’s rebuild. Gruden told Bonsignore that he’s enjoyed the process because coaches have to develop players.

“I’m not going to say we didn’t want Khalil Mack here or Amari Cooper,” Gruden said. “But you have to look at a lot of things. You have to look at the budget of the team. You have to look at the desires of the players, too. What they want.

“The big thing is, whether it’s the General Manager, the assistant coach, the head coach, the scouting department, the salary cap guy, the owner. Whoever wants to be involved in acquiring the player, the big thing is when we do get the players here, let’s get the quarterback to play great. No matter what else we do, let’s get the quarterback to play the best he can play. If the quarterback’s playing good, you have a chance every week. That’s what I know.”

Quarterback Derek Carr has performed well under Gruden, but the defense has been the club’s biggest issue over the last two years. If that’s been fixed under new coordinator Gus Bradley, then neither Gruden nor anyone else will really need to feel pressure because the team should be successful.

24 responses to “Jon Gruden: I don’t really feel pressure; Mark Davis will tell me if it’s good enough or not

  1. You need Mark Davis to tell you what the country already knows??!! Your are awful as a Raider head coach coach. There, now you know the worst kept secret.

  2. The $10 million per year is all the validation Gruden needs. And Davis isn’t going to pay him that not much to not coach so until that contract is over Gruden is safe no matter what.

  3. Gruden is a big personality so he’s a big target. But change takes time. And most people don’t have patience anymore. If the team wasn’t improving that would be one thing. But they are, they are slowly building something. And because they are Raider Nation, they don’t have to rush. They are the largest and most loyal NFL fan base in the world. And that flies in the face of conflict-driven media. This move to Vegas has altered the entire franchise. All they have to do is go 9-8 and they continue to improve. Raiders fans will wait 10 more years. And love every second.

  4. Most teams getting to the playoffs have elite QB’s. The Raiders do not. The Raiders’ offensive coaching has been as good as any team. Gruden went 8-8 last year without a HOF QB. Bill Belichick went 7-9 last year without a HOF QB. Belichick didn’t suddenly go from the greatest coach of all time to someone who should be on the hot seat. It’s all about the QB. Unless you think Bruce Arians suddenly became the new GOAT. Just a little perspective here. Jon Gruden has won a super bowl without a HOF QB, and that’s something quite a few HOF coaches have never done.

  5. I’d take Gruden over alot of HCs in the league. Problem is the defense hasn’t been good and the Antonio Brown signing didn’t work out. Give him a better roster and he’ll be fine.

  6. Gruden basically traded Cooper and Mack for Josh Jacob’s and a bunch of busts…

    Those trades could have revolutionzed and supercharged the Raiders for years to come, but terrible picks have wasted that.

    Great, you didn’t pay Mack his big extension and got to tell him to stick it… You still paid out nearly the same money in total salary to your team and had less exciting games without star players to draw in fans.

    I dont know what’s worse the bowl cut or the team building skills

  7. I’m not a big fan of Carr but to put it all on him is stupid. He needs help and so far the players drafted and brought in via free agency aren’t doing much.

    I’m glad he mentioned that coaches have to develop players. Now let’s see what those coaches have done with those early draft picks of late. Not much.

  8. Gruden is a glorified QB coach. That he’s proud of 19-29 is cause for termination — knock on wood if you’re with me.

  9. You can’t tell me the Raiders aren’t better since he took over. They were not a very good team when he took over. The Antonio Brown trade hurt them but what else did they expect? They have a good nucleus but they need to upgrade at the QB position.

  10. Only the Raiders would ring back this clown and expect a decent result!

    19-29 since the pivotal Mack trade, which completely backfired on this inept organization!

  11. “Gruden basically traded Cooper and Mack for Josh Jacob’s and a bunch of busts…”

    Truer words have yet to be spoken, Josh Jacobs isn’t anything special, btw.

  12. itsamadmadmadmadworld says:
    September 7, 2021 at 11:58 am
    You can’t tell me the Raiders aren’t better since he took over. They were not a very good team when he took over. The Antonio Brown trade hurt them but what else did they expect? They have a good nucleus but they need to upgrade at the QB position.

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    I can and i will. They weren’t good before Gruden and they are just as bad with Gruden except they are paying Gruden $100 mill to suck whereas the last guy made a quarter of that.

    Most of their 1st round picks which left analysts and fans scratching their heads for being reaches have so far proven to be reaches. 7 1st round picks since Gruden took over, Josh Jacobs is the only one who has panned out. Neither of the players picked in the 2020 3rd round are with the team anymore. I could keep going.

    Gruden is good for ticket sales, that’s about it.

  13. Carr is a good qb..chucky is supposed to be a “qb wisper”so he took over a team that had a good qb so he was already ahead of most coaches taking over a team.. by now they shouldn’t be worse and they are since he and mayock took over,it’s their roster and it’s not good enough to beat KC,Chargers or Denver going into the 4th year..proved he only won in TB With someone else’s roster,he one year one in TB Then NOTHING!!! He’s a Talking Head not a very smart,good Coach… he’s a BUST!!!!!!!!

  14. If Gruden goes so should the GM Mike Mayock. Poor player selections and nothing came from the Kahil Mack trade.

  15. As usual, no one is giving the Raiders a chance. Let’s talk in 3-4 games and we’ll know if this is the typical Raiders year or if they are moving the right direction.

  16. The Raiders with Khalil Mack were 28-43 (39%).
    The Raiders since Mack left are 19-29 (40%).

    So if you’re thinking Mack was there for the glory years, you need to fire your research department. And the Bears are a mess since they’re acquired Mack. He hasn’t helped them win anything.

  17. The Real David Szwartz says:
    September 7, 2021 at 12:34 pm
    Carr is a good qb..chucky is supposed to be a “qb wisper”so he took over a team that had a good qb so he was already ahead of most coaches taking over a team.. by now they shouldn’t be worse and they are since he and mayock took over,it’s their roster and it’s not good enough to beat KC,Chargers or Denver going into the 4th year..proved he only won in TB With someone else’s roster,he one year one in TB Then NOTHING!!! He’s a Talking Head not a very smart,good Coach… he’s a BUST!!!!!!!!
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    The team he took over in Tampa had finished 7-9 and hadn’t won a playoff game in 2 years, and only had one playoff win the previous 4 years. Is this the same “dynasty” you’re talking about?

  18. charliecharger says:
    September 7, 2021 at 10:48 am
    Most teams getting to the playoffs have elite QB’s. The Raiders do not. The Raiders’ offensive coaching has been as good as any team. Gruden went 8-8 last year without a HOF QB. Bill Belichick went 7-9 last year without a HOF QB. Belichick didn’t suddenly go from the greatest coach of all time to someone who should be on the hot seat. It’s all about the QB. Unless you think Bruce Arians suddenly became the new GOAT. Just a little perspective here. Jon Gruden has won a super bowl without a HOF QB, and that’s something quite a few HOF coaches have never done.
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    You should probably debate Gruden w/o bringing Belichick into the argument. BB won thé SB in year 2 with the 199th pick. He has won another SB since Gruden has been in Oakland.

  19. txpatsfan says:
    September 7, 2021 at 4:36 pm
    charliecharger says:
    September 7, 2021 at 10:48 am
    Most teams getting to the playoffs have elite QB’s. The Raiders do not. The Raiders’ offensive coaching has been as good as any team. Gruden went 8-8 last year without a HOF QB. Bill Belichick went 7-9 last year without a HOF QB. Belichick didn’t suddenly go from the greatest coach of all time to someone who should be on the hot seat. It’s all about the QB. Unless you think Bruce Arians suddenly became the new GOAT. Just a little perspective here. Jon Gruden has won a super bowl without a HOF QB, and that’s something quite a few HOF coaches have never done.
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    You should probably debate Gruden w/o bringing Belichick into the argument. BB won thé SB in year 2 with the 199th pick. He has won another SB since Gruden has been in Oakland.

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    Last year Belichick finished 7-9 with the #1 overall draft pick, Cam Newton. It’s not about the coach. It’s all about the QB. You missed the point.

  20. Last year Belichick finished 7-9 with the #1 overall draft pick, Cam Newton. It’s not about the coach. It’s all about the QB. You missed the point.
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    No I didn’t. Cam is a shell of his former self plus he had COVID last year. And Peyton Manning went 3-13 his rookie year.

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