Oct 10, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs (28) is congratulated by Las Vegas Raiders center Andre James (68) after scoring a touchdown against the Chicago Bears at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

The Las Vegas Raiders played their first game since Jin Gruden resigned over emails he’d sent that includes racist and homophobic language. Turns out, the team is doing just fine without him, beating the Denver Broncos on the road, 34-24.

After the game, running back Josh Jacobs was asked by reporters what it was like on the sidelines without Gruden’s fiery personality around and it turns out that things were way more chill under interim coach Rich Bisaccia.

“Man, the sideline … it was like (there was no) anxiety,” Jacobs said. “It was weird. It was like everybody was calm. You didn’t have somebody cussing at you, or going crazy at the refs. None of that.”

When the inevitable bad play occurred, Jacobs said “it was like, ‘OK, not going to harp on it, next play.’ The guys all kind of motivated each other. You saw a lot of defensive guys standing up and offensive guys jumping off the bench when the defense made plays. I was like, that’s the right type of energy that we needed. I loved it.”

That fits given Gruden’s reputation, even before it became public knowledge what kind of thoughts he had behind-the-scenes regarding certain types of people. Who knows, if the Raiders are able to keep the momentum going and make the playoffs, something they never did in Gruden’s second stint with the franchise, it might just confirm that they were better off without him in just about every way.


About Sean Keeley

Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to sean@thecomeback.com.