Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden is not the biggest fan of bye weeks in the NFL, but is welcoming it due to the slew of injuries they are facing now.
According to Gruden, he normally wants to play as much as possible.
“I’m not a big fan of the bye weeks. I never really have been. I like to keep playing. I’d like to play double headers sometimes,” Gruden said about their bye week.
“It is part of the schedule so in some ways, it’ll give Trent Brown an additional couple days to respond to his first game. We’re hoping Richie Incognito can come back. Obviously, Maurice Hurst, Maliek Collins, Damon Arnette, Bryan Edwards… we got a lot guys that are still on the mend, so I’ll take this bye week this year.”
It is not shocking that Gruden would like to play double headers during the NFL season because the 57-year-old truly enjoys and loves the game of football.
However, with that never happening, the bye week should give the Raiders a chance to rest up and prepare to make a run at the AFC West division championship.
The Kansas City Chiefs will match up against the Buffalo Bills and if they lose, a Raiders win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers could land them atop the division.
Also, this bye week should give Bryan Edwards and Damon Arnette — both crucial pieces to the team’s offense and defense — some time to rest up and return.
After a big game from Henry Ruggs III, the chemistry between him and Derek Carr should only continue to grow and flourish during this bye week for the Raiders.
When the Raiders return to the field, they will have their work cut out for them as they will be matching up against Tom Brady and the Buccaneers in Week 7.
With Brady being widely regarded as the best quarterback to ever play, Gruden and the Raiders will need to use this week to prepare for him and the Buccaneers.
Although the Raiders will not be able to completely neutralize him, if they can pick up on his tendencies and force some turnovers, they should be able to get a win.