Various avid gamers, talking to The Athletic beneath condition of anonymity, expressed frustration that they didn’t hear about Monday’s alternate of Cooper to the Dallas Cowboys from Gruden, as a alternative studying about the deal from media stories.
The Raiders, who got a first-spherical draft lift from the Cowboys, dealt away Cooper decrease than two months after shopping and selling star pass-rusher Khalil Mack to the Bears in a deal that despatched two first-spherical picks relieve to Oakland.
“The Mack alternate was as soon as a proper stiff jab,” one participant told The Athletic. “Nonetheless the Cooper one was as soon as like a knockout punch, significantly because we had appropriate walked relieve in the door from the bye. We didn’t are attempting to contemplate it was as soon as coming, and Coach mentioned we weren’t going to alternate him.”
Gruden is anticipated to address the crew Wednesday before the Raiders (1-5) resume notice. One participant puzzled whether he would even be with the Raiders subsequent week. The NFL alternate prick-off date is Tuesday.
“I feel many folks notice lets now not be here subsequent year,” the participant told The Athletic. “We’re appropriate waiting to acknowledge if we would possibly maybe maybe be here subsequent week.”
Any other participant puzzled whether a rebuild for the Raiders wasn’t always the lengthy-time duration belief for Gruden, who signed a ten-year, $a hundred million deal to reach as Oakland’s coach earlier this year.
“It be crucial to marvel if now we salvage got now not been playing for draft picks all along,” the participant mentioned. “Despite all the pieces the coaches told us at practising camp.”
Tight discontinuance Lee Smith was as soon as nice looking to discuss the trades on the document, asserting he was as soon as concerned that deal of his teammates would possibly maybe maybe lose hobby in the 2018 season. Smith mentioned avid gamers are extra taking into consideration a success now than in future years and are wondering how to balance that with the Raiders’ trades.
“No one was as soon as happy when we traded Khalil. And no-one is happy that we traded Amari. How would possibly maybe maybe you be?” Smith mentioned. “You beneath no circumstances ever are attempting to alternate elite, homegrown skill. Nonetheless Coach Gruden is pondering very lengthy time duration. It be no secret that he got a ten-year contract. And having 5 first-rounders in the following two years is barely right.”
Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie mentioned Monday that the Cooper alternate was as soon as about serving to the crew through a “broad opportunity” and that there don’t seem like any plans to tank the the rest of the season.
McKenzie mentioned he would now not give an explanation for anyone on the roster as untouchable, nonetheless Gruden told ESPN’s Chris Mortensen later Monday, when asked whether quarterback Derek Carr was as soon as available, that the Raiders are “now not shopping and selling anyone else” and that they are “attempting to cease aggressive.”
Smith told The Athletic that Gruden has an “open-door coverage” and that avid gamers would possibly maybe maybe recount their concerns to the coach if they salvage them. Smith added that this would possibly maybe be a studying opportunity for the avid gamers.
“Our job is to now not 2d-wager what Coach Gruden and Reggie McKenzie receive,” Smith mentioned. “Our job is to play soccer. Hopefully, these last 10 games, the young avid gamers on this crew appreciate and learn to play exhausting and be a professional in instances of adversity.”