Former Oakland Raiders head coach and current TV commentator John Gruden has a soft spot for his old team, believing that they have the pieces to put together a great 2016 season.
But as a far as a move to the so-called ‘City of Sin,’ Gruden just isn’t on-board.
“The Raiders, the Las Vegas Raiders, I don’t know, man, that’s hard for me to imagine,” Gruden said, per ESPN. “The Oakland Raiders has a real place in my heart. I’d hate to see them leave. I love where they are. I love the tradition of the Raiders, and I’m getting teared up right now thinking about them moving. But I certainly understand their situation and I hope it all works out for them. If Las Vegas was to acquire the rights to the Oakland Raiders, that would certainly, I think, be interesting.”
“This is the year for them to take a giant step forward,” he added. “There’s quarterback transition in Denver; the Broncos have lost some key players. Kansas City has had some injuries. I think the slate is pretty clean right now in the AFC West. It’s about time that Oakland, I think, backs it up.”
“And look, Derek Carr’s got some weapons… You have to love (Amari) Cooper, you have to like (Michael) Crabtree. I think (Clive) Walford is coming on. But most importantly they’ve solidified the offensive line. They bring in (Rodney) Hudson. They bring in the big guard from the Ravens (Kelechi Osemele). They’ve got Donald Penn, the old guy from Tampa. This is a salty group that can run the rock with (Latavius) Murray, and Khalil Mack, one of the best closers in the fourth quarter.”