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Jon Gruden Finally Opens Up About The Khalil Mack Trade

Jon Guden addressing the media in front of a Raiders backdrop.

ALAMEDA, CA - JANUARY 09: Oakland Raiders new head coach Jon Gruden speaks during a news conference at Oakland Raiders headquarters on January 9, 2018 in Alameda, California. Jon Gruden has returned to the Oakland Raiders after leaving the team in 2001. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

While Khalil Mack put on an absolute show in his debut with the Chicago Bears, people everywhere were wondering why Jon Gruden thought it'd be a good idea to trade the All-Pro linebacker.

Despite playing limited snaps, Mack finished with a pick-six, forced fumble, and one sack. His impact on the field was simply unmatched by any other defensive player.

The focus of the league now shifts over to the Raiders, as they begin their season against the Los Angeles Rams. Before he makes his return to coaching in the regular season, Jon Gruden finally opened up about Oakland's blockbuster trade.

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"Obviously, Khalil Mack didn't want to play here. That's what is being missed here," Gruden told ESPN before tonight's game. "He never showed up for an OTA, he never showed up for training camp, and it was obvious that he wasn't going to show up for the season."

Gruden also said that he wants players "that want to help put this thing into high gear."

The head coach had previously been asked what he thought of Mack's new contract with the Bears, too.

"An astronomical number," Gruden said of Mack's new $141 million extension. "It's phenomenal, I think, for the players, great for him, obviously, but that was something we could not do."

Gruden, of course, is also being paid a massive number. His 10-year contract is worth $100 million.

Turnover has been a major part of the Raiders' organization since Gruden took over, as noted by

Need more proof that "Chucky" was not playing? Consider: Of the 50 players general manager Reggie McKenzie had drafted since 2012, only 10 survived to make this most current 53-man roster for Oakland -- Carr, right guard Gabe Jackson, defensive tackle Justin Ellis, offensive lineman Jon Feliciano, receiver Amari Cooper, strong safety Karl Joseph, defensive end Shilique Calhoun, running back DeAndre Washington, cornerback Gareon Conley and linebacker Marquel Lee, per the Associated Press.

Talk about turnover. Thirty-one players on the current roster did not spend any time on the Raiders' 53-man roster last season.

In fact, only one of the McKenzie's five second-round draft picks from 2013 through 2017 is still with the team in Carr, who was drafted in 2014 and whose five-year, $125 million extension signed in June 2017 made it hard for the Raiders to re-sign Mack at his asking price.

After Mack put together a jaw-dropping performance, the pressure is on for Gruden to deliver on ESPN's Monday Night Football.

Gruden and the Raiders are set to make their 2018 NFL regular season debut in a couple of hours. Oakland and Los Angeles are set to kick off at 10:20 p.m. E.T. The game will be televised on ESPN.