Raiders blow golden tanking opportunity in comeback win over Cardinals

Raiders blow golden tanking opportunity in comeback win over Cardinals
Jon Gruden, Derek Carr Involved in Heated Discussion During Cardinals Game
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Oakland Raiders tight end Lee Smith reportedly “grabbed” head coach Jon Gruden by the back of the neck on the sidelines during Sundays game against the Arizona Cardinals to calm him down, according to Chris Townsend of 95.7 The Game (via Paul Gutierrez of ESPN).

“You are what your record says you are,” Cardinals defensive tackle Corey Peters said. “Right now, we’re not a very good football team, but I think a lot of it is our own fault.”

However, Townsend later added, “All three were all smiles with each other before the offense went back out!”

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Smith isnt much of a receiving threat at tight end but has appeared in all 10 games this year, playing both special teams and helping as a blocker in the offense.

Today was a bad day for the Raiders if their goal is to get the highest pick they can in the 2019 NFL draft, and a good day if they actually want to play winning football.

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The Raiders, who had the worst record in the NFL heading into today’s game, beat the Cardinals 23-21 on a last-second field goal. That result leaves both the Raiders and the Cardinals at 2-8 on the season. The 49ers are also 2-8, and all three teams are now tied for the worst record in the NFL. (The tiebreaker is strength of schedule, which can’t be calculated until the end of the season.)

“They were giving us a pressure look when we were in empty,” Rosen said. “When you’re in empty, usually you want to identify who you’re hot off of. When (the opponent) is walking around like that sometimes it gets a little tricky. I knew even if they didn’t blitz, they were out of position to play a screen to the left.”

As for today’s game in Arizona, the most interesting development was the sideline spat between Raiders coach Jon Gruden and quarterback Derek Carr. The two of them do not seem to be seeing eye to eye, but Carr nonetheless marched the Raiders’ offense down the field and into field goal range at the end of the game. It was a solid effort from Carr, despite some game management mistakes that drew Gruden’s ire.

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Cardinals rookie quarterback Josh Rosen did throw three touchdown passes, but he had a mostly ugly game, completing just nine of 20 passes for 136 yards, with two interceptions. Rosen has shown flashes, but he has a long way to go.

Hes one of the best football players to ever grace this field and the NFL is lucky to have him, Rosen said. If youre just going to lie on him and be disrespectful, thats just not going to fly, especially with Jermaine on your team. Push and shove me, whatever. Thats Mr. Fitzgerald. Dont do that. I dont care what situation or whatever. Our guys on our team, were going to stay together, and we got each others backs.

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Both of these teams have a long way to go. One of them might have the first pick in the draft to help them get there.

The Cardinals signed cornerback Leonard Johnson on Wednesday and he saw action on defense in the contest. Jamar Taylor was used as the third cornerback to begin the game, but he and Johnson alternated after Taylor gave up a 23-yard touchdown to Jared Cook on the Raiders third offensive play.

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