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If the NFL coach of the twelve months award went to presumably the most tantalizing coach within the NFL, Invoice Belichick would purchase it every twelve months. But the prize is space, as an even matter, by the extent to which a coach pushes him group over and above its free, neatly-liked expectations when the season started.

When the season started in Oakland, no person expected powerful from the Raiders. Reeling from the abrupt termination of receiver Antonio Brown, who had been nothing however a distraction at some level of his dinky time with the group, the Raiders can maintain fallen apart. They didn’t.

Now, with a 5-4 file and upcoming video games in opposition to the Bengals and Jets, the Raiders will doubtless be 7-4 after 11 video games. And within the event that they keep with a playoff berth, Gruden shall be a transparent finalist for presumably the most tantalizing well-liked particular particular person award given to any head coach.

Gruden’s now not presumably the most tantalizing candidate, at this level. The leader comes from the other Bay House franchise, given the efficiency of the 8-0 49ers below Kyle Shanahan. Others to search encompass Packers coach Matt LaFleur, Colts coach Frank Reich, Ravens coach John Harbaugh, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, Bills coach Sean McDermott, and Vikings coach Mike Zimmer.

Then there are the coaches who maintain fought through adversity, which skill of quarterback disaster. From Steelers coach Mike Tomlin (who misplaced Ben Roethlisberger in Week Two) to Panthers coach Ron Rivera (who misplaced Cam Newton in Week Two) to Saints coach Sean Payton (who went 5-0 without Drew Brees) to Chiefs coach Andy Reid (who beat the Vikings and nearly the Packers with a guy who used to be out of football in 2018).

This one stays extensive start, and it gained’t come into focal level except the playoff field is space. For now, even though, Gruden’s candidacy desires to be taken severely — especially if the Raiders cease up enjoying previous Week 17.