Jon Gruden’s return to Oakland hasn’t exactly gone as planned.
During his weekly media conference on Tuesday, the Raiders coach addressed the rumors that his team has already given up on the season after a 1-5 start.
“I’ll say this: We aren’t tanking anything,” Gruden said. “I hear the hatred out there, some of the rumors that we are tanking it to get a first-round pick or a higher pick. We are not getting up at 4 o’clock in the morning to tank it. Ain’t nobody tankin’ it.
“I don’t know who wrote that or who said that or who thinks that, but that isn’t the case here. We are going to continue to work hard, continue to build our team, and that was part of the message.”
The Raiders defense is dealing with a litany of injuries suffered in Sunday’s blowout loss to the Seahawks in London. On offense, Gruden revealed Tuesday that receivers Amari Cooper and Seth Roberts remain in the NFL’s concussion protocol while running back Marshawn Lynch is still dealing with a groin injury. Furthermore, quarterback Derek Carr remains sore after injuring his left (non-throwing) shoulder.
The Raiders will have some time to rest on their bye Sunday before hosting the Colts on Oct. 28.