SANTA CLARA, CA - NOVEMBER 01: Head coach Jon Gruden of the Oakland Raiders looks on during warm ups prior to their game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium on November 1, 2018 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

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Did the Raiders Make a $100 Million Mistake By Hiring Jon Gruden?

Gruden’s return to Oakland has been an ugly one as the Raiders are now an embarrassing 1-7.

If the Oakland Raiders hiring of Jon Gruden was a mistake, it’s going to prove to be a costly one.

Signed this offseason to a 10-year contract worth $100 million, Gruden is now 1-7 during his second stint coaching in Oakland after the Raiders were embarrassed by the San Francisco 49ers 34-3 on Thursday night.

Third-string quarterback Nick Mullens brought the Niners up and down the field against the Raiders in an embarrassing game for Gruden that would be getting even more attention had a San Fran cheerleader kneeling during the anthem not grabbed headlines.

Their offense – the same one that scored a measly three points on Thursday – has been bad, but the defense hasn’t really been much better following Gruden’s decision to trade Khalil Mack before the season.

At -111 in point differential, the Raiders are only better than the lowly Buffalo Bills (-113) in that department. To their credit, the Bills have at least won two games, double what Oakland has been able to do.

Gruden can contend this is all part of a bigger plan to secure the top draft pick this season and accrue other first-round selections via trade in order to help the team in the future, but the fact of the matter is that he may just not be a good coach (or general manager).

With last night’s loss, his career record (including the playoffs) is 101-92. A winning percentage of .523 is fine, but it’s certainly not worth a $100 million investment.

“The Raiders will have picks to build with, but not much to build around. The roster is a decaying skeleton and the coach is a dinosaur,” according to For The Win. “This mess in Oakland isn’t improving and Gruden isn’t making things better. In fact, he’s actively making them worse… and he’s getting paid a fortune to do so.”

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