Raiders’ Gruden responds to Mathieu’s play-tipping assertion


ALAMEDA — When safety Tyrann Mathieu drifted to his right and intercepted Derek Carr’s pass intended for Darren Waller in the first quarter, it was almost as if he knew what was coming.

Following the Chiefs 40-9 win over the Raiders at Arrowhead Stadium, Mathieu said he read the play based on what he saw before the ball was snapped.

“We knew that when (he) did take shots down the field, we were able to understand it pre-snap by the formation,” Mathieu said.

Raiders coach Jon Gruden ,the man who designs the offense and calls the plays, didn’t seem upset Monday by Mathieu’s assertion.

“Hopefully I can get a copy of his tip sheet,” Gruden said at his weekly press conference. “You’re going to hear stuff like that here and there. If they had something on us that’s another reflection of me. But I’ve got a lot of pride in our preparation and we’ll just have to leave it at that.”

.@Mathieu_Era snatched it #ProBowlVote

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With the Raiders losing their second straight game by 31 points, coming one week after a 34-3 road loss to the New York Jets, Gruden spent much of his post-mortem accepting blame for everything that’s gone wrong with his team falling to 6-6 with the Tennessee Titans (7-5) up next Sunday at the Coliseum.


“Twelve penalties to none. I’ve never heard of that stat before,” Gruden said. It’s a reflection of me and were going to get better at that.”

Particularly bothersome to Gruden are the pre-snap and post-snap penalties which accounted for half of the Raiders total of 12 penalties for 99 yards. Four were either false starts or neutral zone infractions and there were a pair of unnecessary roughness calls.

“We just did address it again today. Pre-snap, …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Sports


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