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How Jon Gruden Shaped the NFL Playoff Picture

Jon Gruden’s triumphant return to Oakland has turned out to be less than triumphant. The Raiders are 2-9, tied for the worst record in the league, and the visions of Gruden reinvigorating the famed “Black Hole” have been replaced with questions about why the team has floundered. But just because everything hasn’t gone swimmingly in Oakland doesn’t mean Gruden has become irrelevant. The Raiders’ head coach has shaped the NFL playoff picture more than any other person. Gruden has laid the groundwork for teams across the league... ...