If anyone can relate to how Mark Davis feels about his team’s disappointing start, it’s Jon Gruden.
During his Monday media address, the Raiders coach said he appreciates the endorsement he received from the team owner during his Sunday interview with ESPN after the team fell to the Chargers and dropped to 1-8 on the season.
“Look, I feel Mark’s pain,” Gruden told reporters. “I talk to Mark after every game. And these are unpleasant conversations. It’s tough, man. We want to win. We want to win. We also want to do right by this organization, and some of these decisions have been really tough.
“But I also want to deliver for him and his family certainly and this organization. And right now, it’s tough. But it’s great to have him support me. And I appreciate it. But I feel the same way he does. I just want to win.”
Davis, who hired Gruden for a second stint with Oakland in January, assured he won’t be making any personnel changes despite the questionable moves made by the organization as they rebuild ahead of their move to Las Vegas.
“I understood it was going to be a lot of work, but Jon has a 10-year contract,” Davis told ESPN. “I know how hard Jon Gruden works. I know how much he wants to win. And how much days like today are killing him. Having Jon Gruden here was the endgame for me. Jon’s going to be the stability here. Jon’s going nowhere. That’s just the way it is.
“We failed. I have failed. But at the same time, we wouldn’t have been in the great position we were in without Reggie McKenzie being here.”
The Raiders (1-8) are next slated to visit the Cardinals (2-7) at 4:05 p.m. ET in Week 11 action.