Jon Gruden's moves this offseason have been head-scratching, to say the least.
In just a few short months, Gruden has turned one of the youngest teams in the NFL into the oldest in the league. Gruden is not interested in a rebuild, he wants to win now. While there were flashes on Monday Night against the Los Angeles Rams, the team collapsed in the fourth quarter, falling 33-13.
With all these things in consideration, here are five fireable offenses Jon Gruden has already committed in his return to Oakland.
5. Wasting a Third-Round Draft Pick on Martavis Bryant
On paper, this looked to be a good move for Jon Gruden. Yet, Martavis Bryant's short stint in Oakland was a nightmare.
The Raiders acquired Bryant from the Steelers in exchange for a third-round draft pick. Ever since he got to Oakland, Bryant had trouble understanding the playbook. He even spent time in Gruden's dog house, calling him "the White Tiger."
Bryant was one of the final roster cuts of training camp, and thus a quality third-round pick was wasted.
4. Marginalizing Reggie McKenzie
Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie did a lot of hard work to help Oakland reach the playoffs back in 2015. However, once Gruden entered the picture, all his work went away.
Yup, 13 of McKenzie's draft selections were either, cut, waived, or traded before the start of the 2018 season, including Khalil Mack, Mario Edwards Jr., Jihad Ward, and Obi Melifonwu.
Gruden essentially called all of McKenzie's picks bad and sent them packing, completely marginalizing his work.
3. Assuming Locker Room Would Respect Him
Make no mistake about it, Gruden was popular among NFL players during his time as color commentator for Monday Night Football. However, that's where it all ends.
Gruden hasn't coached in the league in almost 10 years before his return to Oakland. Following the trade of Khalil Mack, players were openly stunned by the news. Just look at the tweets from Bruce Irvin and Derek Carr, they were not the biggest fans of the trade.
2. Setting Bad Precedent Regarding Player Holdouts
Gruden was open in his belief to trade away the star pass-rusher, saying any player who holds out doesn't want to be a part of his team.
However, Aaron Donald and Earl Thomas would like to speak for a moment. Donald held out, but kept in contact with the team until negotiating a new deal. Thomas didn't get his new contract or a trade from Seattle, but still reported to the team for Week 1.
Gruden's belief regarding holdouts will likely haunt him for some time.
1. Khalil Mack Trade
Perhaps there was no greater sin committed than trading away generational pass-rusher Khalil Mack to the Chicago Bears.
As we all know, Gruden had zero contact with Mack, and traded him away after contract demands were "too lofty."
Gruden then said following the Rams game that they needed to "find a way to get to the quarterback." The easy solution to that problem is Khalil Mack, but he is gone, and never returning.