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Jon Gruden Says He Has To Figure Out Why The Raiders Couldn't Pressure The QB Well At All

Raiders coach Jon Gruden is not backing down from his decision to trade star pass rusher Khalil Mack, but his latest explanation for the move wrongly suggests that the Raiders had no other choice.

The first game as head coach for Jon Gruden in his second stint with the Oakland Raiders didn't go as planned and a big reason for that was the lack of pass rush.

Gruden didn't fare much better during his return to the sideline of the Raiders as Oakland fell apart in the second half and were rolled by the Los Angeles Rams 33-13.

The 55-year-old head coach said after his team's blowout loss to the Rams that his team most-failed in its ability to rush the passer. Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley is greeted by teammates Cooper Kupp (18) and Robert Woods (17) after scoring a touchdown during the first half.

Of course, there's nothing that says a player has to be traded just because he doesn't show up. And we didn't get to Gurley enough. He never showed up for an OTA, he never showed up for training camp and it was obvious he wasn't going to show up for the season, so don't forget that.

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According to Schefter, Mack only would have been in L.A. for one season, as the Rams, who just signed Aaron Donald to a massive contract extension, wouldn't have been able to pay him.

"Obviously Khalil Mack didn't want to play here".

Contract holdouts are fairly typical for star National Football League players.

The Oakland Raiders surprisingly traded their All-Pro linebacker to the Chicago Bears earlier this month, a move that doesn't look like it's aging well after Mack's monster debut against the Green Bay Packers.

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