Jon Gruden's first year in Oakland can generously be described as disjointed. After shipping Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper out of town for pennies on the dollar, Gruden finally came out on top in the power struggle he had with GM Reggie McKenzie, as the former Packers executive was fired.
Gruden's demolition of the Oakland Raiders continued on Sunday with the firing of strength and conditioning coach Tom Shaw.
Jon Gruden fires Raiders strength and conditioning coach Tom Shaw, per sources.https://t.co/Cn9FlaRdPV— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 23, 2018
Week 16? Sure, why not.
Shaw is as accomplished a strength and performance coach as there is in the league. In 1988, he founded Tom Shaw Performance, which has helped top draft prospects hone their speed and agility in pre-draft prep. Shaw had worked in the NFL since 1994, with stints on the Saints and a couple of Bill Belichick's Super Bowl-winning Patriots teams in the early 2000s. Shaw had previously worked with Gruden on his "QB Camp" TV show.
Who could potentially take over? Why, none other than Deuce Gruden, Jon's son, who had spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach under his uncle, Redskins head coach Jay Gruden. He took a job with the Raiders prior to this season.
Paving the way for the Raiders assistant S&C coach to take over. pic.twitter.com/u3lZkxWemV— Andy (@AndyCarlsonShow) December 23, 2018
This will certainly not be the last firing under Gruden's watch. He's willing to go scorched earth on the current staff until it looks exactly how he likes it.