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Author: Jon Kuzma
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The Oakland Raiders would wise to keep Marshawn Lynch around but it appears Jon Gruden and Lynch are having a tough time gelling. Gruden is a no nonsense type of coach and demands high expectation’s of Lynch. At the same time Marshawn Lynch thrives off passion and expression is one of the big assets to his personality. Both sides’ style have worked for them in the past but these two are going to have to come together and find a common ground. Gruden might think that his team is better off without Marshawn Lynch but the truth is they’re not. If Gruden can earn Lynch’s trust that would be ideal moving forward but we all know Oakland’s new coach is going to be true to his character, which is a disciplinarian mind set. That’s fine but he needs to find a way to lay off Lynch and let his running back become more comfortable with the situation. By allowing Marshawn Lynch to be himself Oakland can unlock the key to their ground game. Coaching sometimes is very much a psychology challenge almost as much as it is an x and os game. Gruden needs to show he is flexible on this one and tone it down a little bit. Even though Lynch is an aging veteran and it feels like parting ways with him will be the quick solution. Gruden wouldn’t be starting his new job off on the right foot by letting go of a player that could be tapped into to better this organization overall. Keep an eye out on how everything plays out in California and it would be interesting to see if Lynch would play for someone else if the Raiders do release him? Lets hope it doesn’t come to that but you can already tell there’s a little friction between both parties.
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