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Jon Gruden says he does not regret trading Khalil Mack

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Lee Smith Jersey , hopes to prove long term Raiders ‘did the right thing’ It’s been a little over two weeks since the Raiders unexpectedly traded star pass rusher Khalil Mack, but for Jon Gruden the questions just keep on coming.Standing at the podium after a heart-breaking 20-19 loss to the Broncos, Jon Gruden was asked what the Raiders have to do to get a pass rush going. After a long pause, with a blank stare Gruden responded, “We gotta do something.”Meeting with members of the media in his usual Monday press conference, Gruden was once again asked if he had any regrets on the trade, considering the lack of pass rush in both games.“No, it doesn’t make me regret,” said Gruden. “We made the trade Frostee Rucker Jersey , we may the trade. There is going to be some hindsight, 50-50, all that stuff. We would have loved to have him here and I’m not going to keep rehashing this. I would have loved to coach him, loved to have him here, but he’s not. Somebody’s got to step up.”After two weeks, it’s hard to believe Gruden doesn’t regret the move on some level.The Raiders have generated next to no pass rush, registering only two sacks.When the game was on the line and the defense needed someone to step up and make a play, nobody was to be found. The decision to trade Mack was made with the hopes that the strong training camp and preseason by rookies Maurice Hurst, PJ Hall Maxx Crosby Oakland Raiders Jersey , and Arden Key would show up during the season.Now two weeks into the season things haven’t looked quite as promising.PJ Hall missed Sunday’s game with a sprained ankle, and according to Gruden is doubtful for week three.Arden Key, who was drafted as a situational rusher has been forced to play far more snaps that initially thought.“We got to keep building our football team and that’s what we are going to do,” Gruden continued. “Hopefully, we see more from Arden Key. Hopefully, we see more from PJ Hall when he gets healthy. Hopefully, we prove that in the long term we did the right thing.”It may not be fair to judge the outcome of the trade solely on two games or even one season. And the trade being for future draft picks including first rounders in 2019 and 2020 means the Raiders won’t see the return on the trade until next season and beyond. ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP)The Oakland Raiders agreed to a one-year deal Friday with veteran linebacker Derrick Johnson to bolster the middle of their defense.Coach Jon Gruden said Johnson adds a presence to the defense that was needed.”He brings us status at a critical position,” Gruden said. ”He’s got a great history in this league Maxx Crosby Oakland Raiders Jersey , been productive under a lot of different coaches, different schemes. He understands the AFC West and certainly understands this rivalry. I’m really excited to add him to our team.”The 35-year-old Johnson spent his first 13 NFL seasons with the rival Kansas City Chiefs and will likely fill the role at middle linebacker that NaVorro Bowman played the second half of last season.Johnson has been one of the better linebackers in the league during his career but was allowed to leave Kansas City earlier this offseason as the team tried to get younger.Johnson is a four-time Pro Bowler and the career tackles leader for the Chiefs.He appeared in 182 games with 169 starts since being drafted in the first round in 2005. He piled up 1,262 tackles to easily shatter the franchise record, had 27sacks and picked off 14 passes, returning four of them for touchdowns.He had a career-best 179 tackles in 2011, when he was voted the Chiefs’ team MVP.Johnson piled up his impressive stats despite missing part of two seasons with ruptured Achilles tendons. He returned from the first one as good as ever, earning his most recent Pro Bowl trip in 2015, but the second seemed to finally take a step out of his legs this past season.He had 48 tackles in 15 games last season but slowly lost playing time to younger teammates in the middle of the Kansas City defense.The Raiders need an anchor in the middle of their defense. Bowman fared well in that role after being signed last October following his release by San Francisco. There was interest in bringing him back for a second season but the two sides couldn’t agree on a price.Oakland didn’t address that need at linebacker in the draft until the sixth round last week with the pick of Washington linebacker Azeem Victor.The Raiders also waived linebacker Cory James with a failed physical designation and cut defensive lineman Armonty Bryant with a non-football illness.—
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