Five Thoughts on the Raiders (and Media/NFL) in the Wake of Jon Gruden’s Resignation

It’s been an agonizing week for the Raiders and it didn’t end on Monday night when Jon Gruden announced his resignation.

Here are five storylines to watch (on and off the field) in the days and weeks ahead.

The Raiders have a divisional game in five days and will be without the most powerful person in the building.

Gruden wasn’t just the Raiders’ head coach. He was the general manager, the offensive coordinator, the play-caller, and he had a hand in just about everything that went on inside the Raiders’ building.

There will be a lot of roles to fill in the coming weeks, but the immediate priority is a road game coming on Sunday against the Denver Broncos.

Nearly every aspect of weekly preparation has been disrupted. The odds of the Raiders being ready to play this week should probably be somewhere around 5 percent.

Looking ahead, there is a good chance Tom Cable will become one of the leading voices on the offensive side of the ball… and everything that will coming along with that.

They got Gruden, but why is the NFL covering for everyone else?

The NFL has 650,000 archived emails from Washington Football Team employees, but the only emails that have been released belong to Jon Gruden.


We’re supposed to believe that the other 649,992 emails inside the WFT’s “toxic workplace culture” have nothing in them that would embarrass the NFL or the values they allege to stand for?

Why is the league hiding everything else they learned in the WFT investigation?

National media will be coming for the Raiders next.

Today, Gruden is the villain. But watch in the days ahead for the media narrative to quickly shift to the Raiders.

In fact, it’s already begun.

The Raiders were paying Gruden $100 million over 10 years. They fired him in a matter of days over a series of emails that he sent a decade ago – before he was even a team employee.

What more do they want?

No more Gruden water to carry

There were media pundits that defended nearly every move that Jon Gruden made in his 3+ years with the Raiders. Some even framed his mistakes as little success stories.

No hard feelings. It’s just the truth.

With no more water to carry, it will be entertaining to watch the shift in tone from those media pundits moving forward. It’s now “safe” to pile on Gruden so plenty of that will be coming in the days ahead.

As an aside, don’t let anyone tell you (as a Raiders fan) how to feel. It’s been a long 20 years for the organization and there have been failures at every level. Those disappointments don’t disappear overnight.

Vincent Bonsignore on Twitter: “Covering the @Raiders now for two years, I’m continually amazed at how much looking back gets done by fans comparing what’s happening now to two, three years ago to justify certain positions or opinions. As if any of it matters one iota to this year.Turn the page already. / Twitter”

Covering the @Raiders now for two years, I’m continually amazed at how much looking back gets done by fans comparing what’s happening now to two, three years ago to justify certain positions or opinions. As if any of it matters one iota to this year.Turn the page already.

It’s Derek Carr or bust for the Raiders in 2021

For better or worse, it comes down to Derek Carr to save the season for the Raiders. It’s an almost impossible situation, but Carr gives them a glimmer of hope.

No running game. No head coach. No direction as an organization. On and off the field, it’s essentially on Carr to pick up the team for the next few weeks until the organization as a whole can regroup and hopefully find an identity.

twitter: @raidersbeat

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