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Jon Gruden having difficulty seeing Raiders in Las Vegas, but believes his old team will step up this year

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Former Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden, right, now an ESPN broadcaster, greets denizens of the Black Hole. D. Ross Cameron/Staff)

Former Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden, right, now an ESPN broadcaster, greets denizens of the Black Hole. D. Ross Cameron/Staff)

Jon Gruden said he gets a little emotional thinking about the future of the Raiders, but he likes what he sees in the present.

The former Raiders coach and ESPN Monday Night Football analyst was asked during a national conference call Tuesday what he thought about the idea of the franchise residing in Las Vegas.

“The Las Vegas Raiders? I don’t know, man, that’s hard for me to imagine,” Gruden said. “The Oakland Raiders have a real place in my heart. I’d hate to see ’em leave. I love where they are. I love the tradition of the Raiders. I’m tearing up right now thinking about them moving, but I certainly understand their situation and I hope it all works out for ’em.

“If Las Vegas was to acquire the rights to the Oakland Raiders, that would certainly, I think, be interesting.”

Gruden is excited to have the Raiders as part of the Monday Night Schedule on Nov. 21 in Mexico City against the Houston Texans and believes that by then his former team may have established itself as a playoff contender.

“This is the year for them to take a giant step forward,” Gruden said. “I mean, there’s a quarterback transition in Denver, and the Broncos have lost some key players. Kansas City’s had some injuries. I think the slate is pretty clean right now in the AFC West and it’s about time that Oakland backs it up.”

Gruden talked of the Raiders strength in key positions and position groups.

“Derek Carr’s got some weapons. You’ve got to love (Amari) Cooper, you’ve got (Michael) Crabtree. I think (Clive) Walford is coming on,” Gruden said. “Most importantly, they’ve solidified the offensive line. They bring in Hudson, they bring in (Kelechi Osemele), the guard from the Ravens . . . Donald Penn, my old guy from Tampa, this is a salty group.

“They’ll run the rock with (Latavius) Murray, and have Khalil Mack, one of the best closers in the fourth quarter. I even see (Sebastian) Janikowski’s still kicking. Hell, I drafted Janikowski. You can see I get excited talking about the Raiders. This ought to be a good year for ’em.”

Gruden has high regard for Carr, whom he had on his “Jon Gruden’s QB Camp” series in 2014.

“Carr broke all of my cameras,” Gruden said. “We had a little camera, right in the bull’s eye, he hit the bull’s eye three times in a row and we couldn’t film any more of the shoot.”

Gruden said Carr’s passing skills exceed anything he saw out of the 2016 draft, including top pick Jared Goff and No. 2 Carson Wentz.

“I don’t think there’s anybody in this draft that throws like Carr,” Gruden said. “He’s one of those guys that comes down the pike every so often. It’s time, I think, for him to take the next step.”

Sean McDonough, who replaces Mike Tirico as the lead announcer and Gruden’s broadcast partner, said he got a good scouting report from his brother Terry, who is vice president of player personnel for the Arizona Cardinals.

“Oakland is definitely the trendy pick to be a team that will take a big step forward, and I think they will,” McDonough said. “They played Arizona at the beginning of the preseason, I talked to Terry after the game and he just echoed what people have been saying, that Oakland has a lot of talent and he thinks they’re going to have a terrific year.”

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  • R8der4evr

    Was he a Unitas award winner?

  • RAY NJ

    Vikes looking at Nick Foles and T.J. Yates

  • R8der4evr

    Too obvious

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    I can hear Howard now,
    Down goes Bridgewater
    Down goes Bridgewater

  • inonewordraider

    Castro did have a good thing going, took his country from impoverished to everyone having great education, everyone having medical insurance/healthy, flourishing economy etc…until we stepped in and squashed it

  • nolarick

    Oh, the humanity!

  • 24

    Gruden

    “Hell, I drafted Janikowski.”

    Hmmm

  • nolarick
  • HELLSBELLS

    Thats me whats up.

  • nolarick

    As long as Chucky doesn’t hurt his arm patting himself on the back.

  • IVRaider

    If so, then you were an even worse talent evaluator than everyone said, LOL

  • R8der4evr

    Teams will see Daks style and tendencies
    He won’t have this same success in the regular season
    Don’t fool yourself

  • IVRaider

    We should wrap Derek in bubble wrap until New Orleans. And no more behind the back passes! I don’t want him messing up his elbow.

  • 24

    11-5 or I’m closing ever gotdamn IHOP in America. You better not eff this up Reggie.

  • nolarick

    Only in terms of a stadium. Because of the profit sharing rules, MD is not hurting for money. The books are way in the black. The only thing MD does not have is enough money to build his own stadium, as if he would.

  • BABY AL

    Who was our last good fg kicker before Jano. Plus he was money before..

  • 24

    As a fellow Ginger, this is the guy I looked up to growing up.

    http://img05.deviantart.net/03e2/i/2013/258/1/e/lion_o_by_chubeto-d5rfo9n.jpg

  • 24

    He better be careful where he sticks those fingers of his too. Lock him in a cell away from his wife.

  • 24

    Most likely but hes got one of the best offensive lines, what I think we’ll be a great running game and talent at WR/TE…best possible situation for a rookie QB.

    Unfortunately for him…hes got a heap of poo on defense so he’ll have to be amazing everytime he gets the ball.

  • inonewordraider

    Why so much disdain for dak?

  • IVRaider

    Yep. Sorry Derek, no sex until after the season. You don’t want another kid anyways!

  • 24

    I loved the guy Jano replaced…Nedney.

  • nolarick
  • 24

    Well…if we play this right…she should give him a BJ right before the start of each game just so he can pop one off and calm the hell down for the game. Gotta be more relaxed.

  • 24

    Haha…whats he doing in that picture exactly? lol

  • IVRaider

    And he is playing agaisnt vanilla defenses that aren’t double covering Dez, spying on him, disguising coverage, or stacking the box.

  • 24

    Wait what? Defenses play vanilla in the pre-season…what…what…???

    ;P

  • hahahahah You mean Cuba did well as long as Russia was their sugar daddy who paid for all that stuff

  • nolarick
  • IVRaider

    Haha. I just don’t think it will be quite so simple for him when they start to take away the things he likes to do, even if he is in an ideal situation. Preseason football is almost like college.

  • DahlerStore

    If CC lights it up we can trade him to Minni for some picks…

  • Mike Loyko
    ‏@NEPD_Loyko
    .@RapSheet just said some Vikings players were throwing up on field at how gruesome Teddy’s Knee Injury was. Sounds like def. more than ACL

  • 24

    No doubt.

    I see pre-season being like the Pro Bowl for starters. They don’t want to get themselves hurt in a game that doesn’t matter.

  • 24

    Wait what? Teddy is injured?

  • inonewordraider

    Russia revolted, ended illiteracy and vastly improved healthcare in cuba?

  • IVRaider

    It occurred to me the other day that our run defense was ok against Arizona until MEJ got hurt…the optimist in me says our coaches told them to take it easy after that.

  • 24

    Wow…did Zimmer make a wife comment in relation to the Teddy injury?

    Minnesota Vikings ‏@Vikings 22m22 minutes ago
    “My wife passed away 7 years ago and it was a tough day, but the sun still came up the next day.” – Coach Zimmer

  • nolarick

    If it was a compound fracture, I wonder if it was femur or tib/fib.

  • 24

    Well…time to trade McGloin to the Vikings

    Adam Schefter ‏@AdamSchefter 20m20 minutes ago
    Vikings’ backup QB Shaun Hill never had started more than 10 games in any season and he never has reached the postseason.

  • DutchRaid

    You know Kappy’s protest would be illegal in Cuba under Castro? He would have gone to prison…

  • 24

    I hate this kind of stuff man. I’d much rather face Teddy in an epic game and then beat them. How unfortunate…BUT…one less team out of the way for our resurgence. All we have now is the Zebras in the way.

    Adam Schefter ‏@AdamSchefter 23m23 minutes ago
    Mike Zimmer said Teddy Bridgewater is sedated and he is going through an MRI now.

  • Who slipped him a ruffie?

  • IVRaider

    Market for the Sanchize should be heating up a bit now.

  • 24

    Hehehe

    Just Blog Baby ‏@JustBlogBaby 24m24 minutes ago
    Just Blog Baby Retweeted Ian Wharton
    Matt McGloin for Adrian Peterson is already in the works.

  • 24

    Well that’s very true.

  • Is there a youtube video of it yet?

  • Raider Bren

    Right! No popped elbows please!

  • 24

    Yeah…MEJ brings that D to a whole new level.

  • lol

  • 24

    Who’s David Cobb…anybody?

    Just Blog Baby ‏@JustBlogBaby 29m29 minutes ago
    Just Blog Baby Retweeted Maurice Moton
    David Cobb could give the Raiders a hardnosed runner they need. Would be an upgrade over GA3, perhaps Richard.