Oakland/Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden got a little hot under the collar when a reporter at the NFL Scouting Combine had the gall to ask him about his terrible decision to let Khalil Mack go to the Chicago Bears.
The topic of Mack was broached at the Combine because the Raiders will have an extra first-round pick in this year and next year’s NFL Draft as a result of the trade.
Meanwhile, Mack ended the season with 47 tackles, 12.5 sacks (the most by a Bears player since 1993), six forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, and an interception which he returned for a TD.
But Gruden doesn’t want to hear anymore about that. After all, he was literally the only person in the world who was shocked at how good Mack is back in October.
“I’m getting tired of you bringing that up, Khalil Mack,” Gruden snapped at a reporter. “We made the trade for a lot of reasons, whether it’s popular or not … for the fans that aren’t happy about that, we’re really sorry about that.”
Not popular? Fans not happy? I have no idea what he’s talking about.
Solid move throwing your brother Jay under the bus while defending yourself there, Jon.
— Will Glynn (@willglynn66) February 28, 2019
Gruden also discussed at the Combine how much interest, or lack thereof, he has in beleaguered Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown.
“Well, I don’t like veteran players. I’ll just leave it at that,” Gruden said with a laugh. “We’re going to look at everybody’s availability and what is best for our team.”
You know what talented young guy would sure look good lining up at wide receiver for the Raiders? 24-year-old Amari Cooper. Oh… wait…