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Raiders’ signing Nathan Peterman is just more Gruden silliness

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Jon Gruden has to be joking, but the reality is that he’s as serious as ever.

The Oakland Raiders’ latest signing of former Buffalo Bills signal caller Nathan Peterman shouldn’t surprise anyone considering the head coach’s tumultuous history in his short tenure at the helm.

After trading away the likes of All-Pro pass rusher Khalil Mack and 2015 first-round pick Amari Cooper coupled with the recent firing of general manager Reggie McKenzie, Gruden is on an island all by himself in the realm of the Silver and Black.

As the team is in the midst of its worst season in years, there’s little doubt that the new face of the franchise doesn’t wear pads.

Instead, he carries a clipboard and a scowl that gives makes Bill Belichick look like Pete Carroll. The decision-making process that Gruden’s employing doesn’t necessarily need to follow anyone’s logic because he’s been given a full vote of confidence by owner Mark Davis.

How bad is Peterman? Bob Menery doesn’t like him, and that should be enough to know that he doesn’t belong in any NFL organization.

His 30.7 quarterback rating was the worst in the league in 2018 by any passer who threw more than 50 times. The eye test from his game film shows nothing more than bad decisions play consistent with the worst to ever suit up.

The fact that Gruden reportedly likes what he sees from Peterman feels disingenuous at best and like a mockery at worst. Only time will tell if he’s smarter than just about everyone with a pair of working eyes and basic deductive reasoning skills.

Until then, it’ll be fascinating to see what happens next in the land of the Black Hole.

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Michael C. Jones is the managing editor and founder of Sports Out West and a Southern California-based sports journalist. His credits include Yahoo Sports and Bleacher Report, among others.


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