ALAMEDA, Calif. — Certain, Robert Mueller is busy for the time being, however Oakland Raiders coach Jon Gruden would possibly need to drop the particular counsel a line.
“If he is not a Pro Bowler,” Gruden mentioned of Raiders tight finish Jared Prepare dinner final week, “I hope there’s an investigation.”
Not solely was Prepare dinner snubbed, however so too was heart Rodney Hudson, who had gone to the NFL’s all-star recreation after every of the earlier two seasons and is having one of the best season of his profession.
Actually, for the primary time since 2003 and for simply the second time in franchise history, the Raiders had no gamers chosen for the Pro Bowl. Prepare dinner, Hudson and left guard Kelechi Osemele had been named as alternates for the AFC squad.
Raiders offensive lineman Jon Feliciano let his emotions on the snubs recognized on Twitter.
That is what occurs to Three-11 groups. However this isn’t what is meant to occur to groups coached by Gruden, proper?
Hudson has not given up a sack and ranks first in go-blocking effectivity and sixth in run-blocking, per Pro Soccer Focus. He was bypassed in favor of the Pouncey brothers, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Maurkice and the Los Angeles Chargers’ Mike.
Prepare dinner, in the meantime, has profession highs in receptions (63), receiving yards (848) and landing catches (6) and was handed over in favor of the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs’ Travis Kelce (93-1,220-10) and the Indianapolis Colts’ Eric Ebron (59-662-12).
Maintain this in thoughts, although, as a result of whereas the Raiders are in final place in their division, the Steelers, Chargers, Chiefs and Colts are all in the playoff race.
It was an analogous scenario for struggling Raiders groups in 1989, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2012, 2013 and 2014, after they had one participant chosen in defensive lineman Howie Lengthy, punter Shane Lechler, defensive finish Derrick Burgess, Lechler and fullback Marcell Reece (three straight years).
Two years in the past on this date, the Raiders had been 11-Three and led the NFL with seven Pro Bowl choices. No investigation is required to determine out what has occurred in Oakland since.