It is no secret the Oakland Raiders have gotten off to a disappointing start to the 2018 NFL season. It appears head coach Jon Gruden has only himself to blame.
The Raiders have not given much to be hopeful about this season. According to Jeremy Bergman of NFL.com, Gruden takes responsibility for their disastrous start to the year:
“I’m going to continue to emphasize the good and do everything I can to fix the things that are bad because most of the things that are bad, my fingerprints are all over.”
It is encouraging to see Gruden take the blame for Oakland’s poor start. However, it would be more concerning if he tried to shift it elsewhere. After all, he was given total control over roster personnel upon his hiring. With that kind of power, he has no choice but to own up to his mistakes.
The Raiders had high expectations coming into the year with Gruden’s arrival. Unfortunately, the 2018 campaign has hardly fit the billing as a comeback season. Not only are they lacking an identity on defense, but their struggles on offense have seemingly carried over from last season. The biggest perk of adding Gruden was that he would help Derek Carr get back on track as one of the most promising, young signal-callers in the league. However, it is clear that his progression is going to take some time.
The Gruden era has not provided fans with much to be excited about thus far. Fortunately, there is still plenty of time to turn things around. This is especially true with the Los Angeles Chargers and Denver Broncos enduring their fair share of issues in the AFC West Division as well.