A recent Tweet regarding Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden’s record paints a concerning picture.
When Jon Gruden returned to the coaching sideline for his second Raiders stint, most were thrilled. Other than Jack Del Rio, Gruden was the only other coach for the Silver and Black that made the team relevant in the last 25 years. ‘Chucky’ got off to a slow start though admittedly he inherited a team that needed a quarterback among other deficiencies. Nevertheless, Gruden turned the Raiders into a playoff team, and had it not been for the infamous ‘Tuck Rule,’ history might’ve been different.
By now, we all know the story verbatim. He got traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and led the organization to a Super Bowl in his first season. Funny enough, this was a while back and Gruden hasn’t had much success since that championship run. In fact, Gruden was only able to muster one 11-plus win season with the Bucs after the Super Bowl. CBS Sports’ Jeff Kerr recently shared Gruden’s history as a head coach on Twitter, surely stirring up debate among Raider Nation in the process.
Jon Gruden (career as head coach)— Jeff Kerr (@JeffKerrCBS) April 17, 2021
Raiders (7 seasons): 57-55
Buccaneers (7 seasons): 57-55 pic.twitter.com/hW8uf7EJHe
Should Raiders fans be concerned?
This might surprise you but Raider Nation doesn’t have any say in who the head coach or general manager is, in other words, fans are screwed. Gruden’s second stint has been tumultuous, to say the least. He’ll be entering his fourth year on the job and has zero playoff appearances. Many of his supporters will speak about the defense, but that in itself is also Gruden’s fault. After all, he kept defensive coordinator Paul Guenther around longer than he should’ve. The other issue with Gruden in both his Tampa years and his current stint has been his questionable decision-making in regards to the roster. He inherited a team only one season removed from making the playoffs, and chose to completely dismantle it.
Technically, the Raiders have improved each of the last three years but not by much. Either way, Raider Nation had plenty to say on the matter. Let us know in the comments down below, should there be concern surrounding Gruden’s less than stellar record?
Jon Gruden is the most overrated HC in the NFL. https://t.co/REwgGKrTEx— CJ Errickson (@CJE_NFL) April 19, 2021
In 14yrs he 114-110 his record reflects his teams(mediocre),except the Dungy team he took to the SB.— Cain(Cain’s Corner-The Pillaging podcast) (@CainMt6) April 19, 2021
Keep in mind Gruden beat the team he built & knew inside & out. He knew the flaws & weaknesses better than ANYONE. He knew the play calls for crying out loud. Tgat’s why the Bucs won, & had we stuck to a ground game, we would have won.5 ints, 3 for tds, an SB record.— Blitz Chick (@blitzchk) April 19, 2021
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