Derek Carr has tweeted that he loves playing for the Oakland Raiders and that he loves "the struggle of trying to fight back for our city when not a lot of people believe in us". No one had a clue that six games in that the team would 1-5 and Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper would be traded to other teams.
"I don't see us making any more trades", Gruden said, via the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Plus, they were even more frustrated learning about the trade from the media rather than their own head coach.
On top of that, another anonymous player began questioning if the team was purposely being picked apart to acquire more draft picks under Gruden, who returned to coaching by signing a 10-year, $100 million deal after leaving ESPN's broadcast booth.
"Nobody was happy when we traded Khalil".
Might Derek Carr be the next Oakland Raider to walk the plank?
The New York Giants and Jacksonville Jaguars stand out as teams who could have some interest in Carr, and Gruden did suggest the Raiders weren't shopping Cooper before the Cowboys apparently upped the ante.
In an article penned by The Athletic's Vic Tafur, several unnamed sources question Gruden's handling of dissemination of information to the team in the wake of the trades.
"To ever insinuate there's an issue inside this locker room with our leader and our captain is the biggest joke I've ever seen, and I've been around this league my whole life", Smith said. Smith added that this could be a learning opportunity for the players. But Coach Gruden is thinking long term. Hopefully, these last 10 games, the young players on this team watch and learn how to play hard and be a pro in times of adversity.