Raiders’ Jon Gruden says he feels the same as owner Mark Davis: ‘I just want to win’
Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis recently came to head coach Jon Gruden’s defense amid the team’s disastrous 1-8 start to the season. Davis absolved Gruden of blame from the team’s struggles, saying it’s his fault that they’re in the state they’re in.
Gruden says he appreciates the support Davis has in him and feels the same way as his boss in that he just wants to win.
“I feel Mark’s pain,” Gruden said per Paul Gutierrez of ESPN. “I talk to Mark after every game and these are unpleasant conversations. It’s tough, man, we want to win. We want to win. We also want to do right by this organization and some of these decisions have been really tough, but I want to deliver for him and his family, certainly, and this organization and right now, it’s tough. But it’s great to have him support me and I appreciate it. But I feel the same way he does — I just want to win.”
Considering Davis handed Gruden a massive 10-year contract earlier this year, he almost has no choice but to keep faith in his head coach. Unless he’s ready to pay Gruden for the nine remaining years left on his deal, he’s unlikely to make a coaching change anytime soon.
At this point, it looks like Davis still has the confidence in Gruden to take charge of the team’s rebuild ahead of their move to Las Vegas in a few years’ time. But based on the decisions Gruden has made both on and off the field this year, it remains to be seen if he will ever succeed in delivering the Raiders success.