10 observations as they take advantage of the week off – the athletic


The biggest development for the Raiders this season has come from the field: Jon Gruden resigned his coaching position on October 11 after the publication of racist, misogynistic and homophobic emails he sent from 2011 to 2018 season, the Les coaches and players could not afford to press pause. Now, during their week 8 break, they will finally have that chance.

“I would say it’s a good time for us,” quarterback Derek Carr said on Sunday. “I needed time. I didn’t really have time to process it all if I’m being honest. It was literally like, ‘Oh, shoot, next game.’ It was kinda weird like that, again it wasn’t like we were 0-6 and you saw something happen or something like that. It was just a surprise. I think with the injuries and with everything our team has been through, this week off couldn’t have been better.

The Raiders are 5-2 and are firmly in the playoff race, but their job isn’t done yet. After taking this week to reset and get healthy, they head to New York next Sunday for a road game against the Giants (2-5). They haven’t won after a week off since 2016 and won’t let their good start slow them down.

“To be honest with you, I feel like we put him to rest,” interim coach Rich Bisaccia said on Monday. “We’re going to talk about their ability to maintain themselves in supreme physical condition, and then when we come back, we’ll prepare whatever we can for the New York Giants. And that’s really the way we’re going to stay.

There is a lot to learn from what has happened so far.


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