The Las Vegas Raiders were rocked by the LA Chargers, 28-14 on Monday Night Football, but it was outside factors surrounding the game that also received a lot of attention. If you ask Raiders head coach Jon Gruden, the weather delay that delayed kickoff by 35 minutes and the maze-like locker room at SoFi Stadium was too much for Chucky.
“I’ve never had a stadium covered with a lag lightning”, Gruden told reporters after the game..
At some point, I’m sure Coach Gruden has experienced some kind of weather lag in all of his years as a coach. Yes, the fact that it happened in an indoor stadium is a bit strange. But SoFi is classified as an open-air stadium since the sides are open. Here you go, coach, an explanation about the stadium.
Gruden was also perplexed by the layout of the visitors’ locker room in the luxurious new stadium.
“You know, the locker room here is the strangest thing I’ve ever seen in my life,” he said. “You can’t see anyone. It is like a maze.
“So, you know, whoever contorted this visiting wardrobe, I’d like to meet this guy and see what his, um, what his idea was.”
I’m sure it was the weird locker room setup that caused the Raiders to have zero total yards in the first 15 minutes of play. The Raiders went an entire quarter without gaining a meter. Zero points, zero yards in the first quarter are embarrassing. It’s even more troublesome when your coach is considered a quarterback guru, an offensive mastermind, but can’t figure out how to get his team moving through a full quarter of football.
Now, that is confused.
Sure, the players need to execute plays, but the coaching staff needs to find a way to put those players in the right positions to be able to execute. Gruden and his staff absolutely failed to do this in the first room on Monday night.
The Chargers also shut out the Raiders in the first half of this game. The final tally for Las Vegas was 213 total yards of offense. That actually exceeded three-quarters. I wouldn’t even call that pedestrian. I would say that it’s pretty pathetic. Especially after the way the Raiders had advanced during the first three weeks of the season. A lot of credit should be given to the Chargers and their defense, but Gruden has a lot of guilt in his way.
The Raiders managed to fight back in the second half to add a bit of intrigue for about half a quarter, but overall, this was just a bad night for Gruden and his team. They barely got Darren Waller involved, and once the Raiders finally did, he was singled out for a silly taunting penalty. We already understand it; you are the No Fun League. Let’s get on with our lives and end this madness.
Hopefully, Raiders fans aren’t about to witness another downward spiral like the one we’ve seen in the past from this team. after getting off to a good start. The Raiders will return home to Las Vegas in Week 5, facing the Chicago Bears. Luckily for Gruden, you won’t have to worry about any crazy new costume designs or bad weather delays.