If Jon Gruden would be happier in the Monday Night Football booth, if the Raiders would have been happier going in another direction. "I think it will help him the more he's in the system, the more he's here and is able to stay around and stay with one system".
The Raiders, who received a first-round draft pick from the Cowboys, dealt away Cooper less than two months after trading star pass-rusher Khalil Mack to the Bears in a deal that sent two first-round picks back to Oakland. They let go of some key players who were part of the Raiders' playoff run in 2016 prior to free agency and filled a lot of their roster holes with older players or veterans who had been productive in the past but have been ineffective in recent years.
"The Mack trade was a real stiff jab", an anonymous player told The Athletic. "Derek is always going to come in here and tell us when he needs to play better, that's something that he does on a daily basis".
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It was the first October blip for the right-hander, who hadn't allowed a run in his previous two starts this postseason. The lefty fireballer provided three scoreless innings in which he allowed two base runners and struck out four.
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Gruden can say all he wants about not anticipating making any more trades, or that Carr won't be traded. "I am a leader on this team and I am under contract next year, but more importantly I care about all my teammates". And with the National Football League trade deadline quickly approaching, some players are beginning to wonder if they'll remain a Raider much longer.
It's all about accountability, and right now the players on the Silver and Black - according to Smith - have no problem looking in the mirror and facing the reality of the situation. Guys don't work their ass off year-round because they are anxious about the team being good in two or three years, they work hard to win. Now. "Certainly, I don't see us trading our quarterback".
The thing is, just because Gruden said a Carr trade isn't going to happen doesn't mean it's not going to happen and Cooper is proof of that. And nobody is happy that we traded Amari. But Coach Gruden is thinking long term. They are now loaded with five first-round draft picks over the next two years - but it's cost them this season.