It should have come as no surprise when Jon Gruden took over as coach of the Raiders, that soon after the Raiders roster became the oldest in the league. Throughout his coaching career Gruden has favored veteran players as the foundation to his teams.
Now, eight games into his second stint with the Raiders his philosophy has changed slightly and is putting more responsibility on the rookies. After last week’s embarrassment on Thursday night football Gruden held a meeting with his first year players before excusing them for the weekend.
“Obviously, the big part of the message is what a big part of this organization they will become and they are. They must handle that responsibility and take advantage of it,” said Gruden.

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