Raiders players reportedly questioning Jon Gruden's 'accountability'

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You don't know who's going to call you and what they're going to say, you really don't. "We all have to believe in each other and pull in one direction".

And while management isn't often required to answer to employees in any work environment, there appears to be a rising concern among numerous veteran players in the Raiders' locker room over accountability, specifically as it pertains to head coach Jon Gruden. The trade came seven weeks after Oakland dealt defensive end Khalil Mack to the Chicago Bears, despite the team's previous assertions that it planned to sign him long term.

It's been a rough season for Raiders fans, especially those in Oakland.

Another player described the Mack deal as a "stiff jab" but the Cooper trade as a "knockout punch" because players were blindsided by it coming out of the bye.

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As the National Football League trade deadline gets closer to its conclusion Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET, teams are seeing what deals they can get to improve their team or stock draft picks for next year. He did, however, speak with ESPN and say the Raiders are done dealing and are "trying to stay competitive".

"You have to wonder if we haven't been playing for draft picks all along, " another player said. "Despite everything the coaches told us at training camp". Melifonwu played in just five games with the Raiders and missed a lot of time with injury but there is no question he is a talented football player and should find a new home quickly. I think many of us realize we won't be here next year. So any assertion Gruden makes about trades has to be taken with a grain of salt, but he made one to reporters on Wednesday anyway. "I am a leader on this team and I am under contract next year, but more importantly I care about all my teammates".

With three first-round picks in 2019, it's hard to blame them. "Certainly, I don't see us trading our quarterback". And nobody is happy that we traded Amari.