Published: Thu, October 25, 2018
Sport | By Matt Richards

Jon Gruden is starting to lose his own locker room

Jon Gruden is starting to lose his own locker room

Before the season even started, Gruden traded away Khalil Mack, arguably the best defensive player in the National Football League, and received enormous amounts of criticism for it.

The Raiders (1-5) are coming off a bye week and have only one win this season against the Browns on September 30.

The most recent deal Gruden made, however, was sending wide receiver Amari Cooper to the Dallas Cowboys, something that hasn't seemed to sit right with several of Gruden's players.

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"I think many of us realize we won't be here next year", the player told The Athletic.

In an article penned by The Athletic's Vic Tafur, several unnamed sources question Gruden's handling of dissemination of information to the team in the wake of the trades.

"When what you say and what you do are two different things, there is a problem", one player told the reporter. "We are just waiting to see if we will be here next week". "I am a leader on this team and I am under contract next year, but more importantly I care about all my teammates. We didn't want to believe it was coming, and Coach said we weren't going to trade him". "How could you be?"

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At this point, Jon Gruden is coaching and orchestrating like a man who knows he'll be employed far longer than any of his players. And having five first-rounders in the next two years is pretty good.

Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said Monday that the Cooper trade was about helping the team through a "great opportunity" and that there are no plans to tank the rest of the season. Smith said that approach could be a "learning opportunity" for the team.

For what it's worth, plenty of professional football players have cried on the field.

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Smith called the report "the biggest joke" he's ever seen and reiterated the support Oakland has for Carr.

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