When Mike Mayock and Jon Gruden converged on Indianapolis for the 2020 NFL Combine, people were not sure what to expect. What they found out is that they don’t have an inkling of what to expect and what the future hold. Yet, speculation abounds about the future of the team. With the offseason, teams will not give you a straight answer. However, within their words, it resides an interpretative meaning. Below, you will find a translation.
“I really think Derek is a heck of a player, and I got a lot of respect for what he has done in what was some tough circumstances,” Gruden said on Thursday. “So I’m not going to answer every media rumor out there, just can’t do it. I’m just going to listen to my serious rock and roll, classic vinyl and keep working. But I love what Derek Carr did, I love what he brings to our team and anxious to continue to build around him.”
Translation: Jon Gruden loves Derek Carr as a person. Carr listens and seems to never question any move from his head coach. As a result, Gruden, the human wants to see Carr flouris within a system.
Churning Rumor Mill
“I don’t think anything of any rumors. All I can tell you about free agency because I’m not allowed to talk about any of them anyway is that I’ve watched tape of just about every guy out there at every position and all that does is uphold what I’m telling you, is every position gets evaluated every year and if we can upgrade it, we will.”
Translation: Honestly, this feels actually honest without much need for translation. The Raiders need profound defensive help. In order to catch the Chiefs and remain viable during Jon Gruden’s tenure, the Las Vegas Raiders cannot afford to waste another year. With a new stadium just about ready, the team needs to deploy a quality product on the field.
First Round WR Issues
“I think there are several reasons. Reason No.1 is the lack of quality press coverage in college football. When you’ve got a grown man trying to keep you from getting off the line of scrimmage that’s competent, long and tough, that’s a different issue.”
Mayock: The Las Vegas Raiders will probably avoid a first round wideout. Although the team desperately needs a top wideout, Mayock does not believe in the allure of drafting one early. Under those circumstances, look for the Raiders to add a second round pick via draft. From there, they should a wideout.
In reality, the Las Vegas Raiders will look vastly different in the fall. How that happens will not go as planned. As a result, we can speculate. However, with so much money and high draft capital, the team will improve immediately.