OAKLAND, Calif. — Jon Gruden’s return to the NFL sideline as a head coach following 9 years in ESPN’s Monday Evening Soccer sales space left a lot to be desired for the Raiders, who had been booed off the sector after the ultimate gun.
The Raiders, in an entire rebuild underneath Gruden with 31 gamers on the workforce’s 53-man roster having by no means spent a day on the workforce’s 53-man roster final season, fell to the Los Angeles Rams 33-13 on Monday night time earlier than an introduced crowd of 53,857 on the Oakland Coliseum.
As such, all seven coaches making their debuts on kickoff weekend misplaced, with Gruden becoming a member of the New York Giants‘ Pat Shurmur, the Chicago Bears‘ Matt Nagy, the Arizona Cardinals‘ Steve Wilks, the Indianapolis Colts‘ Frank Reich, the Detroit Lions‘ Matt Patricia and the Tennessee Titans‘ Mike Vrabel.
Raiders long-snapper Andrew DePaola is feared to have torn an ACL when he was injured within the first quarter of Monday night time’s loss to the Rams, a supply mentioned.
Jared Goff threw two landing passes, newcomer Marcus Peters returned an interception 50 yards for a landing and the Los Angeles Rams spoiled coach Jon Gruden’s much-anticipated return to the Oakland sideline by beating the Raiders 33-13 on Monday.
“It was a story of two halves, and clearly we didn’t handle the ball and that was a crucial a part of this soccer sport,” Gruden mentioned of the Raiders, who had been outscored 23-Zero after halftime. “Very disappointing.”
Gruden, after all, coached the Raiders from 1998 by 2001 after which the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2002 by 2008, beating the Raiders within the Tremendous Bowl in 2003.
In his second run as coach of the Raiders, Gruden has reassumed offensive playcalling duties, and his sport plan in opposition to the favored Rams was easy — ball possession and energy working, mixed with some precision passing from Derek Carr.
It labored within the first half.
“Sadly,” Gruden mentioned, “we couldn’t bottle it and maintain it.
“It is about getting this soccer workforce higher, and it wasn’t ok tonight.”
Even with 10 penalties for 145 yards (extra penalty yards than Oakland had in any sport final season) within the first half, the Raiders held the ball for 21 minutes, 31 seconds to the Rams’ eight:29 and led 13-10 on the break. Carr accomplished 20 of 24 passes for 199 yards, although he was picked off ultimately zone.
Cook dinner had six catches for 113 yards within the first half, his third 100-yard receiving sport since becoming a member of the Raiders in 2017. He had 4 such video games through the first eight years of his profession.
Take into account: Cook dinner had seven catches for 141 yards and two touchdowns in his debut with the Rams in 2013, however he didn’t attain the 100-yard mark in any of his different 47 video games with the Rams.
Cook dinner completed Monday night time’s efficiency with a franchise file for a decent finish with 180 yards receiving on 9 catches, eclipsing Todd Christensen’s 173 yards in opposition to the San Diego Chargers on Nov. 20, 1986.
“It is a fully completely different workforce, it is a greater workforce,” Cook dinner mentioned of the Raiders. “The gamers that we acquired. The coaches that we acquired. It is only a higher workforce.”
However after trying like 2016 Carr within the first half, the signal-caller regressed into 2017 Carr after halftime. He didn’t seem snug within the pocket in opposition to the Rams’ fearsome inside cross rush of Aaron Donald and Ndamukong Suh. The play-action sport disappeared and with it any probability of Gruden choosing up a victory in his return.
Carr was intercepted thrice, together with a 50-yard pick-six by Peters late within the sport.
“Clearly, I do not suppose it was a smashing debut, by any sense,” Gruden mentioned.
“We count on rather a lot higher out of ourselves, and it goes on me.”
A spent Gruden emerged from the locker room and eyed his physique guard.
“How can we get out of right here?” he mentioned, adorned in a black swimsuit and nonetheless sporting his black Raiders visor.