Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden is known for being a different kind of guy. But he knows his football and is being trusted to turn around the Raiders franchise after nearly two decades of organizational struggles.
Gruden has done television work in the past and he should be aware of how it all works. That's why it was shocking when ESPN's cameras cut to Gruden's house and the veteran coach had his entire draft board right behind him for everyone to see!
Um, Jon? The best part of this is that Mike Mayock was on the other side of the split screen, probably telling Gruden to flip that board before he revealed all the team's secrets. But given the Raiders' first-round pick, it's likely nobody wants their advice. While Henry Ruggs is a talented player, he's the least accomplished wide receiver of all the first-round talent, and the Raiders took him before all the others.
But back to the board. This is a vintage Gruden move. All the time spent being secretive in the draft process may have been undone by one careless mistake. All we gotta do is zoom in and get better focus!
Some glitches were expected given the nature of this year's virtual draft, but Gruden's blunder had nothing to do with technology. He exposed his team's plans the old-fashioned way with a whiteboard and a dry erase marker.