Look, Jon Gruden has made many, many mistakes since taking over your Oakland Raiders in January.
There’s no current need to rehash them all. But it’s clear, the guy who has coached the Raiders to a 3-11 record has been a disaster so far. He can fix it. But he’s off to a poor start.
That has opened up Gruden to heavy criticism. But sometimes, I feel like it’s piling on.
Wednesday is another example. The Raiders signed former Buffalo Bills quarterback Nathan Peterman to the practice squad. Gruden got shredded on social media.
Guys, this isn’t like trading Khalil Mack. This is signing a dude to the practice squad. Who cares?
There’s no risk.
Yes, Peterman was a huge failure in Buffalo. Yes, Gruden looks silly for heaping praise on Peterman prior to the draft.
But quarterbacks always get second chances. Now, Peterman gets to go into the Raiders program and has a chance to develop in the program next offseason. If he sticks as a cheap backup, great. If not, no big deal.
It’s like the Christian Hackenberg deal. The Raiders traded a conditional pick for him. Gruden saw him. He didn’t like what he saw and he quickly moved on, at no cost. It’s the same drill here.
Gruden loves quarterbacks. He always will sniff around them, and that’s fine. So, while Peterman is easy pickings, it doesn’t mean Gruden has to get pounded for every move.