It’s been only 10 weeks, but consider Jon Gruden’s honeymoon phase officially over in Oakland. After a hyped introduction that felt more like a coronation, Gruden’s first offseason back in charge of the Raiders has gotten off to a questionable at best start.
He began by denouncing the use of analytics (also known as having more information) while announcing his desire to throw the game back to 1998. It’s too easy to read too far into one comment, run with it, and turn it into a bigger issue than it actually is (says the blogger), but then again, take a look at the major offseason moves the Raiders have made in the short chunk of time Gruden has been at the helm and, well, there’s a joke to be made about Gruden actually believing it’s the year 1998 rather than 2018.
Three or four years ago, replacing Crabtree with Nelson would’ve been a upgrade. Not anymore. Crabtree will turn 31 in September. Nelson will turn 33 in May. That might not seem like much, but in football years, it’s substantial, especially after factoring in Nelson’s injury history. Since Nelson’s torn ACL in the summer of 2015, he hasn’t been the same receiver. As our Pete Prisco likes to say, besides please get off my lawn, Nelson can’t run anymore.
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Eric Weddle was a rock at the back of the San Diego Chargers’ defense for nine years. After being selected by the franchise in the second round of the 2007 NFL Draft, he went on to be a five-time All-Pro for the organization. He was a Ring of Honor candidate who is almost universally beloved by Chargers fans. And now he wants nothing to do with the organization.
Weddle was a fan favorite in San Diego for years. He was one of the faces of the franchise and a guy who fully embraced being Authentic Eric Gordon Jersey in Snsa Diego and being a Charger. He was everything a franchise could want as a representative. And he was treated like absolute garbage by the team’s ownership and management before being run out of town in 2015.
Detroit Pistons Mens Jersey In case you’re not aware, Weddle was objectively treated like garbage during his last season in San Diego. He all but begged for a contract extension from the Chargers because he wanted to keep his family in San Diego. Management refused to offer him anything resembling a decent deal.