Jon Gruden’s spin machine has reached a new level

By David Kenyon
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The Oakland Raiders lost to a third-string quarterback by 31 points. Jon Gruden, however, sees a bright future for the organization.

Following the 34-3 shellacking against the San Francisco 49ers, per ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez, the first-year head coach believes the Raiders are building toward a championship.

“I know it’s not looking pretty right now. I’ve heard a lot of negativity over the last six or seven months, and rightfully so. But we’re going to build a championship football team here.”

Gruden said he knows “a lot of people,” both fans and players, who want to be involved with the franchise’s ascent.

Huh. Sure, Jon.

The Raiders are 1-7, and Gruden’s personnel decisions have made the Raiders a less talented and older roster. That’s not going to win championships.

Sure, every rebuild involves a teardown. It doesn’t mean getting rid of Khalil Mack, a Defensive Player of the Year who should’ve been a cornerstone. No, it’s about cutting ties with expendable players and replacing them with younger talent.

If the Raiders continue whiffing in the draft, it’s only going to get worse. And fans are already starting turn on him.