Raiders' Gruden: 'Obviously, Khalil Mack didn't want to play here'

Florence Fletcher
September 12, 2018

Since the trade, though, Gruden hasn't exactly looked to turn the page on the controversial trade.

Even worse, consider that the late game featured a major market team from Los Angeles, Jon Gruden's return to coaching, and the fact that the game was competitive; with both teams tied at 13-13 with one minute remaining in the third quarter.

The 55-year-old head coach said after his team's blowout loss to the Rams that his team most-failed in its ability to rush the passer. Raiders tight end Jared Cook scorched Los Angeles with 9 catches for 180 yards. He's still defending the trade and taking shots at Mack in the process. "I don't think we did a good enough job of putting a lot of pressure on him".

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Gruden had said leading up to Monday night's game that Mack "didn't want" to be in Oakland anymore. Perhaps Gruden can get on the phone and offer two first-round picks to the Chicago Bears in hopes that they can get Mack back as if there's any chance of that happening. He never showed up for an OTA, he never showed up for training camp, and it was obvious he wasn't going to show up for the season.

As he always does, McVay fired up his players in the locker room afterward with a passionate postgame speech.

Aaron Donald, the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year, reported 10 days before the opener after signing a six-year, $135-million contract extension, to end a contract dispute that dated to 2017.

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