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    Bruce Irvin: Raiders Head Coach Jon Gruden ‘lets us run the team’

    The Raiders head coach is allowing his veteran players to lead by example.


    Football players have a unique perspective of the game, and throughout their years playing, learn which techniques and schemes work, and which ones don’t. But often, coaches ignore the input of their players and plan their coaching around what they think is the best strategy. According to Bruce Irvin, Raiders head coach Jon Gruden has taken steps to avoid falling victim to this limited mindset.

    “He (Gruden) lets us run the team,” said Irvin in an interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio. “Guys was kinda worried with him being out of the game for 8-9 years if he would try to come back and try to be old school style, but it’s completely different.”

    Allowing veterans such as Irvin to have an input in practices and game planning should pay off in a big way for the Silver & Black. Younger players look up to veterans, and some have a greater respect for criticism coming from a current player than perhaps, a coach who has never walked the gridiron before.

    While Gruden remained close to the game during his time at ESPN, players weren’t the only ones that questioned his return to the sidelines and whether he still had his edge that made him famous in the first place. It hasn’t taken long for those concerns to vanish in Oakland.

    “Gruden is all football...what you see is what you get,” Irvin continued. “He’s doing a hell of a job and I think guys have bought in and I think guys are ready to go in and bust their tail for him.”

    Free agent additions Jordy Nelson and Tahir Whitehead already experienced their new coach’s enthusiasm during their free agent visits this offseason. They credited Gruden’s passion in their decision to join the Silver & Black.

    Between his flexible coaching style and high energy, both Raiders players and fans have a reason to be excited for the upcoming season.

    Irvin in particular is very excited about his new role on the Raiders’ defense. In the same interview, Irvin was pretty enthusiastic about his chances of reaching double digit sacks this season.
    https://www.silverandblackpride.com/...s-run-the-team

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    Lead good,
    input good,
    Flexible, fine

    Lots of good stuff but that headline had me scratching my head because a coach needs to RUN the team not a player.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4thringtime View Post
    Lead good,
    input good,
    Flexible, fine

    Lots of good stuff but that headline had me scratching my head because a coach needs to RUN the team not a player.
    Agreed. I’m fairly sure Chucky will let them govern themselves, as long as they have his philosophy they’re selling

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    LOL yep, he let's them "run" the team until they fuck up and then he chews their ass off up and down the field. You want more say? You want more responsibility? So then also comes the accountability and consequences. Gruden runs this team and if he is giving certain players more say so, it's cause he decided to value their input. If it makes the players happy though to think they run the team, so be it.

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    Gruden's been to every NFL facility, he's seen it all, the good, the bad. He will add some things to his style.

    He saw Jim Harbaugh had an on practice field video board......he gets one for our facility in Alameda, now Carr is loving it, saying they don't have to wait an hour to correct mistakes, they do it after seeing the replay.

    It's small things like this, that were ignored in the prior regime. Details wins ball games, consistency is developed in practice.

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    I think too much is read into by Irvins use of "run". I think what Gruden told them is he would listen to what they had to say - Of course the big mouth Irvine had to throw in the "game past him by after years out of the league" part.
    I think this was a smart move on Grudens part given the last year of horrible offensive and defensive coaching. The players were probably thinking "What the F are they doing?" and the team knowing Gruden will listen makes them feel more part of a team effort.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rawhead View Post
    “He (Gruden) lets us run the team,” said Irvin in an interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio.“

    Irvin lacks intellect, Gruden just Jedi Mind tricked him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LaRaider2010 View Post
    Irvin lacks intellect, Gruden just Jedi Mind tricked him.
    ...ha, Jedi Mind tricked him into thinking he graduated from college.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rawhead View Post
    I think too much is read into by Irvins use of "run". I think what Gruden told them is he would listen to what they had to say - Of course the big mouth Irvine had to throw in the "game past him by after years out of the league" part.
    I think this was a smart move on Grudens part given the last year of horrible offensive and defensive coaching. The players were probably thinking "What the F are they doing?" and the team knowing Gruden will listen makes them feel more part of a team effort.
    ^^ I agree with this.

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    Good read thanks.

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