Jon Gruden: the grinch of Thanksgiving.
The Raiders coach was not in a festive mood Wednesday when asked if there was a favorite dish that needed to be on his table Thursday for Thanksgiving dinner.
“You’re killing me with some of your questions, man,” Gruden told the inquiring reporter. “I’m just hoping I got a place to go. Right now, we lose to Kansas City, I’m lucky to have a place to go.”
Gruden was apparently still getting over Sunday night’s crushing loss to the Chiefs, in which the Raiders took the lead with 1:43 left, only to have Patrick Mahomes play hero and spark another game-winning drive with 28 seconds to spare.
Despite the 35-31 loss, Gruden still had plenty to be thankful for. The Raiders are 6-4 after going a combined 11-21 in Gruden’s first two seasons back on the sideline. While they missed out on a chance to close within a game of the Chiefs in the AFC West, they still have a shot to go to the playoffs for the first time since 2016.
After getting through Thanksgiving, Gruden and the Raiders will play the Falcons on Sunday before playing at MetLife Stadium against the Jets the following week.