Many tried to suggest the opposite but Raiders head coach Jon Gruden has wanted to work with running back Marshawn Lynch from the moment he agreed to take the job.
“Looking at our film and the game that I broadcast on Christmas night, there’s no question he’s still the Beast, that’s hard to bring down,” Gruden said of Lynch in February. “And one of the reasons that I’m excited to be with the Raiders is to join forces with Lynch, but we’ll see what happens. I’m counting on him being a big part of our football team.”
Then the doubters tried the other angle, saying Lynch wouldn’t come back to play for Gruden.
Soon after, Lisa Olson of The Athletic reported that Lynch was “intrigued” with the idea. Most would continue to doubt the two could coexist with the Raiders.


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