One year is just that. Two is an anomaly.
But six … that’s a trend. And not a good one when it comes to Jon Gruden-led football teams late in a season.
Coaching matters. Perhaps not to the extent some believe — having more talent usually wins out — but rare is a team that improves as a season winds down without capable instruction.
The Raiders, for a second straight year, aren’t improving after a start that put them in a playoff position. They were 6-4 last season and finished 7-9. They were 6-3 this year and sit at 7-7 following a 30-27 overtime loss to the Chargers on Thursday night.