Jon Gruden wants more wins for the Raiders
Jon Gruden decided to move from the broadcasting booth to the sidelines prior to the 2018 NFL season. After being pursued over the last few years, Gruden chose to agree to a contract to become the head coach of the Oakland Raiders. This is the second time that Gruden has patrolled the sideline as the Raiders’ head coach.
While there was a lot of enthusiasm and excitement about the hire, the Raiders have gotten off to a slow start this season. Oakland is just 1-4 through the first five weeks of the year.
It did not take long for Gruden to show a little bit of frustration with the way the season has started. He was open in an interview shared by NBC Sports that he is tired of having just one win.
“Whether you’re a young team or a veteran team, winning one game is no fun. I think we’re determined to continue building this team. I think a lot of these veterans are here for that sole responsibility of laying down the foundation of how we want to prepare, how we want to practice and how we want to compete. I’m proud of our team for doing that. We haven’t won a lot of games, but we’ve been competitive. Hopefully we continue to do that and see the emergence of some young Oakland Raiders.”
Oakland has too much talent to be struggling as much as they have been so far this season. Derek Carr and the offense have been extremely underwhelming for the second straight year.
Looking ahead at Week 6, the Raiders are set for a tough matchup against the Seattle Seahawks. They do have the advantage of playing at home and are in desperate need of picking up a win to help keep their season alive. Coming back from a 1-5 record is not an easy task for any team.
Gruden and company are confident that they can get back on track. If they can put everything together, the Raiders could be a very dangerous football team.
Expect to see the Raiders respond to these quotes from Gruden. The head coach can only do so much, but this interview should motivate a team that has simply looked dead in the water for the majority of the season.