Why Gruden to Raiders makes sense this time around


Sunday's loss to the Chargers dropped the Raiders to a disappointing 6-10 record this season. He was sacked by the Buccaneers following the 2008 season and has been in the broadcast booth since then.

There is no postseason for the Raiders, a major disappointment for a team that finished 12-4 a year ago and was predicted by many to challenge New England for the AFC title.

There are some pretty obvious reasons to take the Chargers in this one. The holder for the Chargers was unable to place the ball on what would have been a game-tying field goal attempt late in the fourth quarter and the Raiders were able to close it out. Their home games in the cavernous Coliseum were exciting, occasionally risky parties, and they raised that Super Bowl trophy in early 1984 with a profusion of dynamic stars ranging from Marcus Allen to Howie Long. Oakland had become the first team in modern National Football League history to fail to intercept a single pass in the first 10 games, ranked last in the National Football League in defensive takeaways (four) and 31st in third-down defense (46 percent). "Pags has done a good job of getting those guys on the same page and how we're going to cover certain groups".

"We appreciate Jack's effort in building the foundation of this team for the future", Davis said. They probably would have been blown out by the Eagles if Philadelphia had actually been focused on Monday night.

Davis later issued a press release thanking Del Rio for his work with the club.

That window won't last forever, and the Raiders just wasted a season of Derek Carr, Khalil Mack, Amari Cooper, and a solid offensive line. In three of his last four starts, the signal-caller has failed to throw multiple touchdowns. Carr got paid in the offseason and has not lived up to those expectations. Tagged as one of the greatest games in Raider history, the match showcased quarterback Jim Plunkett's arm as he passed for 261 yards, two touchdowns, and a game long 65-yard connection to Raymond Chester that put the Silver and Black on the board first.

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Woike and DiGiovanna write for the Los Angeles Times. With the recent resurgence of Marshawn Lynch (right) that could make things a little interesting.

The year of 1980 offered another exciting moment in the Raiders-Chargers series. Oakland's actually pretty good against the run and have held five of its last seven opponents to less then 100 yards on the ground. The question will be if they cover the bigger spread.

That is the word the Raiders have embraced since their loss to the Buffalo Bills, a defeat that came at the midway point of the season for a potential playoff team.

The Raiders have to interview at lease one other coach to satisfy the Rooney Rule.

- Written by Matt Josephs, who is a part of the Athlon Sports Contributor Network.