Jon Gruden throws all the blame on Khalil Mack

12 September, 2018, 17:23 | Author: Isabel Grant
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If anything was apparent Monday in the Rams' 33-13 victory over the Raiders at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, it was that the defense needed at least a half to learn to play together - and knock off the rust.

Sean McVay proved last season that he's already one of the best coaches in the National Football League, earning Coach of the Year honors in his first campaign at the helm in Los Angeles.

"When you can run the ball like they can in the second half it's very hard to rush the passer". "Obviously, we didn't get to Goff enough, and we didn't get to Gurley enough". "We've got to go out and execute a lot better on the field. And we'll take a good look at the reasons why we didn't", Gruden said.

Gruden had said leading up to Monday night's game that Mack "didn't want" to be in Oakland anymore. Mack was holding out over a contract dispute, which many can argue he rightfully deserved, but the Raiders brass disagreed.

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Khalil Mack could have played his former team right out of the gate.

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

The Lions self-destructed during a humbling 48-17 loss to the New York Jets that saw Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford toss four interceptions and the team commit a number of bad plays on defense and special teams.

Mack, who was entering the fifth-year-option season of his contract prior to being traded to the Chicago Bears, held out from all team activities in search of a new deal. The Bears rewarded him with a six-year, $141 million extension after getting traded.

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