It has been a rough start for the Oakland Raiders, and especially for "new" head coach Jon Gruden. Coming back from the broadcast booth after more than a decade away from the sidelines, he's having trouble putting the pieces together (to say the least).


Reports have been handed down that Gruden has single-handedly divided the Raider front office and locker room with his schemes and philosophy, as well as his management of player personalities. The first sign of confusion with this front office had to be the trade of Khalil Mack, who is arguably the greatest defensive player in the league. And it hasn't gotten any better.

The question many people are asking is, when will the Raiders get their money's worth? A 10-year, $100-million contract has yet to be shown off with the hire of Jon Gruden. Couldn't that money have gone to Khalil Mack?

Gruden's has increasingly leaned on an inner circle that includes scouts and other personnel that are especially loyal to him. When it comes to quite a number of important decisions, he's relied on that group and kept the front office and the rest of the organization further out of the loop. I mean, remember Reggie McKenzie? 


Anyone?


The organizational divide he has created is not the only concern for the team, however. On the field, quarterback ​Derek Carr currently has five interceptions compared to just two touchdowns. Gruden, ostensibly an offensive guru, needs to get his team in gear before things get completely out of hand.


​But based on everything we've seen over the course of this short and tumultuous tenure, the odds aren't the least bit in his favor.