On Tuesday, The Athletic reported that quarterback Derek Carr has a "fractured relationship" with his Oakland Raiders teammates in a piece that painted a locker room beyond fix. You don't know who's going to call you and what they're going to say, you really don't.
Jon Gruden's second stint as head coach of the Oakland Raiders is off to a rough start, and it sounds like he has quickly lost the trust of many of his players.
Multiple players, speaking to The Athletic under condition of anonymity, expressed frustration that they didn't hear about Monday's trade of Cooper to the Dallas Cowboys from Gruden, instead learning about the deal from media reports. But practically any veteran player could be on the move before next Tuesday's trade deadline, up to and including quarterback Derek Carr.
From the Khalil Mack trade to the losing to the reports over front office strife, nearly none of the news coming out of Oakland in the Jon Gruden era is good.
Despite Gruden's assertions that the team is "trying to stay competitive", The Athletic quoted multiple players who doubt the team isn't tanking. And with the National Football League trade deadline quickly approaching, some players are beginning to wonder if they'll remain a Raider much longer.
"You have to wonder if we haven't been playing for draft picks all along", the player said.
"Nobody was happy when we traded Khalil".
Oakland is 1-5 and riding a two-game losing streak off its Week 7 bye. "Derek is always going to come in here and tell us when he needs to play better, that's something that he does on a daily basis". Smith said that approach could be a "learning opportunity" for the team. They witnessed him explain on the sidelines.