Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis gave Jon Gruden $100 million over 10 years to leave the Monday Night Football broadcast booth and return to coaching in the NFL.
So far, the results aren't showing. Gruden's Raiders lost a sloppy 26-10 road game against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday, moving to 1-4 on the season and last in the AFC West.
Speaking to reporters after the loss, Gruden opened up about the team's disappointing start, but made it clear that he's to blame for Oakland's sloppy play through the first five weeks of the season.
"I'm going to continue to emphasize the good and do everything I can to fix the things that are bad because most of the things that are bad, my fingerprints are all over," Gurden said, via Jeremy Bergman of NFL.com. "I haven't been on a team that rotates corners like this, or defensive linemen, or kickers, or offensive tackles five games into the season. It's been tough."
The Raiders lost 33-13 to the Los Angeles Rams in Week 1, then blew a late fourth quarter lead and fell 20-19 to the Denver Broncos in Week 2. Untimely turnovers led to a frustrating 28-20 loss to the Miami Dolphins in Week 3.
Oakland finally won their first game vs. the Cleveland Browns last Sunday, but all the bad habits returned in the aforementioned loss to the Chargers. The injuries haven't helped, as Gruden said, and the Khalil Mack trade is looking all the worse for the Raiders every time he takes the field for the Chicago Bears.
The Raiders made a gutsy decision to fire Jack Del Rio following the 2017 season, even though he guided them to 12 wins in 2016. Ultimately, the decision was made to bring in Gruden to oversee the rebuild before this team moves to Vegas.
Oakland is virtually out of the playoff race now, unless they can run the table from here on out. The goal is for Gruden and the front office to make the most of the draft picks Chicago gave them for Mack, and try to get this ship in the right direction for next year.