Jon Gruden reportedly ‘went rogue’ at worst time for Raiders

Jon Gruden, Las Vegas Raiders. (Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
Jon Gruden, Las Vegas Raiders. (Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports) /

Jon Gruden and the Las Vegas Raiders continue to make confusing moves in the NFL Draft.

After getting crushed on Thursday night for reaching on Alabama offensive lineman Alex Leatherwood, the Las Vegas Raiders now have to deal with rumors of head coach Jon Gruden reportedly going rogue.

The second Gruden era of Raiders football has had its highs and lows. While the offense has improved every year, the defense has not. All the while, the Silver and Black continue to make some of the weirdest moves in recent NFL Drafts. To better explain why the Raiders’ draft has gone over so strangely, it is being reported that Gruden has no feel for the draft board and “went rogue.”

Raider Nation deserves better than a head coach who comes across as winging it in the draft.

Las Vegas Raiders: Jon Gruden has too much power in the organization right now

Look, I am not going to crush the Raiders too bad for their first two picks. Leatherwood was a phenomenal player along the offensive line for the defending national champions. Yes, it was a reach, but if the Raiders could not trade back from No. 17, I can learn to understand the selection. They seemed to have gotten great value in safety Trevon Moehrig out of TCU at No. 43 as well.

However, the Raiders continually put their fanbase and the media that covers them in tough situations to make sense of what they are doing in the draft. You can be a poorly-run organization, but the draft is a television product that is designed to sell hope to all 32 fanbases. Raiders fans have been through a lot in the last two decades. Unfortunately, Gruden has way too much power.

Notions of Gruden going rogue does not come across as rebellious, it comes across as stupid.

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