Jon Gruden's personnel decisions have caused 'divide' with Raiders

Derek Carr and Jon Gruden

And then to hear coach Jon Gruden ... well, the tone is a little bit different.

The Oakland Raiders head coach and his self-appointed scouting group have made decisions that have created a "divide" within the team's front office, NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported Sunday, citing sources.

Gruden has reportedly been leaning on his own expertise and circle of talent evaluators since returning to Oakland, marginalizing the role of general manager Reggie McKenzie while cutting ties with many of his acquisitions and draft picks. Gruden reportedly uses a separate draft board than the rest of the organization.


But the manner in which he evaluates personnel - and the people who have his ear - has led to a disconnect in a Raiders building filled with people still trying to adjust to a new way of life. "But several people say they are frustrated at not being listened to, adding that they've never seen a divided setup quite like this one".

"From the outside looking in, it may look awful, but we know what we have in this locker room", Marshawn Lynch told reporters in Miami. "We didn't get anything for him that's going to help us this year", Gruden said, via Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

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