OAKLAND RAIDERS REPORTEDLY TRADING PASS RUSHER KHALIL MACK TO BEARS

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With the hiring of new head coach Jon Gruden, many fans in Oakland were expecting a change. Taking a look at the social media comments by some Raiders players and some in Raider Nation, I’m not so sure that they were expecting this kind of change.

Saturday morning ESPN’s Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) sent shockwaves throughout Raider Nation when he was first to report the news that the Raiders and Bears were finalizing a deal that would send Mack to the Bears.

The consensus from Raider Nation was that the move made the Raiders worse, not better.

Reports are the Bears are giving up two 1st round picks to acquire the all-star pass rusher from Oakland. The NFL rumor mill is buzzing with news that the Raiders never even tried to negotiate with Mack. A trade for the 27-year old has reportedly been the plan for the Gruden-led Raiders since February. Khalil Mack had 10.5 sacks and 78 tackles last season. He had 11 sacks and 73 tackles in ’16, and 15 sacks and 77 tackles in ’15. It’s pretty hard for me to see how any two first round picks will make up for this type of consistent production this season. Maybe the Raiders are looking toward the future and planning to tank this season? What do you think?

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RAIDERS FOUND THEIR MAN: JON GRUDEN TAPPED TO BE RAIDERS NEW HEAD COACH

The Oakland Raiders have reportedly scheduled a news conference on Tuesday to announce that the team has hired former Tampa Bay Bucs coach, and current Monday Night Football announcer, Jon Gruden to be the team’s next head coach. The story was first reported by @raiderssnakepit and later confirmed by ESPN.

 

 

 

The 54-year old, head coach won a Super Bowl with the Tampa Bay Bucs in 2003. His first year with the organization. Gruden’s Bucs team beat the Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII. Gruden has a career record of 100-85 as a head coach and a postseason record of 5-4. Gruden retired after the 2008 season as his Bucs came in third in their division finishing with a 9-7 record. Gruden went on to become an announcer on Monday Night Football after retirement. Gruden has been practically begged by teams to come back to football and coach them over the years. Gruden always claimed to be happy with his job in the booth. The Raiders must’ve offered lots of money and lots of perks to manage to get Gruden out of the booth and back on the sidelines again. I guess we will find out how much on Tuesday. Stay tuned!