Gruden’s loss drops debuting NFL coaches to 0-7
With Jon Gruden’s return to the NFL sidelines falling flat for the Oakland Raiders on Monday night, the loss dropped coaches making their debuts in Week 1 to an 0-7 record.
Gruden, who returned to coaching after nine years in ESPN’s Monday Night Football booth, largely rebuilt the Raiders, but there’s more work to do as they fell 33-13 at home to the Los Angeles Rams.
Besides Gruden’s Raiders, the New York Giants’ Pat Shurmur, the Chicago Bears’ Matt Nagy, the Arizona Cardinals’ Steve Wilks, the Indianapolis Colts’ Frank Reich, the Detroit Lions’ Matt Patricia and the Tennessee Titans’ Mike Vrabel also lost.
At least Gruden can take some solace in the fact he didn’t have the worst debut of those seven coaches, or even the worst debut on Monday night.
The early half of Monday Night Football’s 2018 double-header kickoff saw Patricia’s Lions fall 48-17 at home to the New York Jets and rookie quarterback Sam Darnold.