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Raiders Coach Jon Gruden Comes Out Against Thursday Night Football

The Raiders will be in the primetime spotlight this week as they take on the Los Angeles Chargers on Thursday night football, but if there’s one person who is NOT looking forward to it, it’s Raiders coach Jon Gruden.

Oakland’s head coach Monday came out and basically slammed the idea of team’s playing on Sunday, and then having to come out four days later to play an important day.

“I hate this. I don’t believe in this Thursday football,” Gruden said. “We take a lot of pride in getting our guys ready to play — we need a little time to do that. But a lot of people disagree with me, obviously.”

Gruden has coached three Thursday games in his career — and lost all three of them. The first came on an ESPN “Thursday Night Special” in December 1999, when the Raiders fell to the Titans 21-14.

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