ALAMEDA — One in all Jon Gruden’s favourite offseason hires misplaced his job final week, and the Raiders coach stated Wednesday he fired head power coach Tom Shaw due to a “private matter.”

That’s about all he divulged in regards to the famend power coach Gruden employed away from Shaw Efficiency Heart when he took the job as Raiders head coach in January.

“Yeah, that’s a private matter. I’ll simply go away it at that,” Gruden stated Wednesday. “Tom is an efficient pal and actually good at what he does. It’s a private matter and sadly we’re going to must go in a special path, and that’s one thing we’re going to must do when the season is over.”

The remainder of Oakland’s power employees stays in tact for now. That features Gruden’s son, Deuce, Kelsey Martinez, the NFL’s solely feminine power coach, DeAnthony Batiste and Rick Slate. Gruden beforehand known as Shaw his “No. 1 rent,” however now he’s Gruden’s No. 1 hearth – if we’re to imagine proprietor Mark Davis fired Reggie McKenzie and never Gruden.

Shaw beforehand ran his personal efficiency middle on the ESPN campus in Florida, the place he educated a number of former and present Raiders like Bruce Irvin, Justin Ellis, James Cowser and Shakir Soto.

Who’s Gruden’s favourite participant?

The top coach’s favourite Raider is a rookie who performed solely 11 snaps in opposition to the Broncos on Monday night time.

Sure, Gruden known as first-year kicker Daniel Carlson his favourite participant on Wednesday, with an enormous smile. Carlson has hit 15-of-16 discipline objectives since becoming a member of the Raiders in Week 8. Carlson was a free agent for 5 weeks after being minimize by the Vikings, who made him the primary kicker drafted this yr within the fifth spherical. Carlson went 1-for-Four on discipline objectives in two weeks with the Vikings, together with an 0-for-Three day in a Week 2 tie in opposition to the Packers.

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He’s reached the minimal makes an attempt wanted to qualify for the workforce’s single-season franchise report for field-goal share, at the moment held by Sebastian Janikowski (91.2% on 31-of-34 in 2012). Carlson at the moment stands at 93.8% with one sport left.

“He’s my favourite participant. For some time there, you don’t know your kicker’s identify,” Gruden stated in sarcastic reference to his workforce’s early season revolving door on the place. “I do know this man’s identify. He’s actually making a reputation for himself. Lengthy-range discipline objectives, totally different climates, moist ball, excessive snap, low snap, on the highway, chilly climate, he has finished all of it for us.”

Carlson stated Wednesday he’s by no means had a coach name him their favourite participant, however he’ll definitely take the praise.

“I don’t know why he stated that,” Carlson stated with a smile. “However that’s a great factor.”

He additionally acknowledged he’s conscious of his potential place in Raiders’ kicking historical past however isn’t harping on his potential report an excessive amount of forward of Sunday’s sport in Kansas Metropolis.

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“I’ve heard some stuff about it, however to me that’s one thing you take pleasure in later in life and also you take pleasure in within the offseason perhaps even just a little, form of pat your self on the again,” Carlson stated. “However for me it’s about doing what I can to assist the tam win video games.”

Carlson went 2-for-2 on discipline objectives Monday night time. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Space Information Group) 

Donald Penn formally finished for the yr

The Raiders received’t activate their veteran proper deal with off injured reserve this season, formally ending Penn’s 2018.

Wednesday was the ultimate day of a 21-day window for the Raiders to activate Penn, who returned to apply Dec. 5 from a groin damage suffered throughout a Week Four win over the Browns.

Penn nonetheless has one yr left on his contract, and he figures to contend for the beginning proper deal with job with Brandon Parker.

“Hopefully he can get himself again in nice form, which I anticipate him to, and hopefully be part of this sooner or later,” Gruden stated.

Derek Carr’s tackle his interception-less streak

Carr has thrown 325 straight passes with out an interception, the longest such lively streak within the NFL.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw an NFL-record 402 straight passes with out a decide this season. Carr’s streak stretches again to Week 5, when his final interception got here on the finish of the third quarter in a 26-10 loss to the Chargers.

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Carr has definitely had passes that ought to’ve been intercepted, however any prolonged streak requires a dose of excellent fortune.

“As a human, it flashes by your head. Like on Friday, alright, cease serious about it. However throughout the sport, no,” Carr stated when requested if he thinks about his clear streak. “I hit a DB within the chest in Cincinnati. Stuff occurs, man. You realize what I imply? Stuff occurs. Really, I bear in mind Tom Brady speaking about it when he was doing his little streak and he stated lots of issues must go proper for that form of stuff to occur. It’s not all me, however throughout the sport I don’t give it some thought to be trustworthy with you.”

Carr wants 78 extra passes to not be intercepted for an NFL report. If he ultimately units it, he’ll doubtless accomplish that in Week 2 of subsequent season.


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