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there is plenty of room for criticism of the job Jon Gruden has done in his
return to the Raiders sideline. Every move will be criticized, and every word
dissected. His early supporters turn critics and his early critics get
louder.This is expected. He hasn’t earned the benefit of any doubts. He’s earned
nothing but doubts. Mostly surrounding trading Khalil Mack, which is largely
seen as the catalyst for the collapse of this once promising team.The thing is,
that’s past. It’s done. This team is what it is now — 1-7 and is going nowhere
fast. As Reggie McKenzie said, no one is safe. Gruden, on the other hand, can’t
really say that or risk undermining those players who remain. Most notably,
about his quarterback.Sure Rodney
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mocked. Sure, his every move is criticized. But at some point we all must ask
what the alternative is. Amari Cooper was once seen as a top weapon on this
team. But he wasn’t the number one target they needed and they got a first round
pick for him. Hard not to take that deal.Bruce Irvin was once a team captain,
motivator, and sack leader. But this team isn’t getting any pass rush lately and
it sure isn’t motivated. He just turned 31 and was destined to be cut in the
offseason, so it isn’t that big of a deal to let him go 8 games early in a lost
season.Defending his defensive coordinator despite the historically bad defense
is the only option. It’s that or throw him under the bus and try to take the
blame off himself for putting him behind the 8-ball from the beginning by
removing the best defender in the league from his roster right before the
season. Yeah, it was ridiculous for Gruden to bring up Shane Lechler and
Sebastian Janikowski’s supposed early issues in defense of rookie punter Johnny
Townsend. But sticking with Townsend at this juncture and showing support and
faith in him as the head coach is not at all ridiculous. Let him have the rest
of the season, then bring in a punter in the offseason to compete with him and
may the best man win.Yeah, it sounds like a stretch to call Tahir Whitehead “one
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his linebacker. Gruden openly criticized several of his players in the offseason
and training camp. But we’re halfway through a lost season. What good does it do
to publicly chastise Whitehead now? If it doesn’t work to support him, he can be
cut in the offseason with no dead money left behind.We can’t sit here and call
for the team to start putting in their young players to evaluate them while also
slamming Gruden for supporting those players, even if his words cause you a
little bit of a side eye. This team is going nowhere this season. Cutting Johnny
Townsend isn’t going to change that. Benching Tahir Whitehead isn’t going to
change that. But putting them out there and seeing if they can eventually show
they can turn things around might change things in the future. Take the new
kicker for instance. Daniel Carlson is a fifth round rookie, just like Townsend.
Carlson cut by the Vikings after missing three field goals in a 29-29 tie with
division rival Packers in week two. That makes sense to the Vikings. That game
was huge and the Vikings can’t afford to not get that win and worry about the
nerves of their kicker when they’re thinking playoffs. It’s not huge for the
Raiders.Carlson missed off the right upright from 45 yards out last week,
putting his season total at 2 for 6. So what. The Raiders can afford to see if
Carlson can shake off his rookie jitters and turn it around. And if he does, he
could be pretty valuable in the future.Gruden doesn’t deserve kid gloves. Don’t
expect us or anyone else to treat him as such now. But in so doing we have to
recognize the current state of the team and that there’s only so much a head
coach can say at this point. Trashing his own players is not an option. Building
up his young players and rolling with them is the only play here.Follow
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from the Oakland Raiders third preseason gameHere are the three biggest
takeaways from the Oakland Raiders' preseason loss to the Green Bay Packers on
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