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Author: Jon Kuzma
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Jon Gruden was recently hired by the Oakland Raiders and this is going to be great for Derek Carr. If you don’t remember Gruden did a great job of coaching up Brad Johnson and Rich Gannon during his last two head coaching stints. Each of those players recorded notable numbers in a time when the passing game was a little bit more archaic. Now with the advancement of the game it will be interesting to see how Gruden adjusts to being away from the sidelines for a decade? The good news is the former ESPN analyst (Gruden) has over 20 years of coaching experience and a lot of those philosophies will be blended with some of the new school approaches they use today. You have to believe Carr will benefit greatly from having a true offensive mentor because there’s not many people with the football IQ Jon Gruden brings to the table. By understanding all eleven player’s responsibilities and putting those pieces in favorable positions to succeed. The Raiders can essentially optimize the talent they have on the offensive side of the ball and they should be fundamentally better than they were under Jack Del Rio. Del Rio was a linebacker as a player and specialized in the defensive side of things. By getting an offensive guru to lead the team instead that should help utilize all the talented skill players on this roster. That includes Michael Crabtree, Amari Cooper, Marshawn Lynch, Derek Carr, and the rest of the cast. Collectively there was too many playmakers to pass up on and that’s why Gruden chose to return to the Raiders over the Buccaneers. Coaches improve with repetition just like everyone else does and this is the 54 year old’s 10th different job. Those stepping stones along the way have really tuned up Gruden’s abilities and expect his excellence to rub off on Carr in 2018.
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