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Raiders coach Jon Gruden throws shade at Khalil Mack trade

Raiders coach Jon Gruden throws shade at Khalil Mack trade

When Bears general manager Ryan Pace traded two first-round picks for Raiders edge rusher Khalil Mack at the start of the 2018 season, the overall consensus was that the Bears got the better end of the deal. In fact, most in football media questioned how Jon Gruden could allow a generational talent like Mack leave Oakland.

But here we are, entering the final six games of the second season removed from the trade, and the Raiders are riding the legs of rookie running back Josh Jacobs to the tune of a 6-4 record and a legitimate shot for a playoff berth. The Bears, meanwhile, are 4-6 and have just a 1% chance at qualifying for the postseason.

To make matters worse, Mack is in the midst of his worst season (statistically) in the last four years while Jacobs, who the Raiders selected with the Bears' first-round pick last April, could end up finishing his first season as the NFL's leading rusher.

Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock, who wasn't in Oakland a the time the trade was made, are loosening their hamstrings for what may be a victory lap of sorts when it comes to the Mack deal. Mayock has been basking in the afterglow of the Jacobs pick, but Gruden made sure one thing was very clear this week.

"(Mayock's) doing all the interviews, taking all the credit for Jacobs," Gruden said tongue-in-cheek, "but Jacobs wouldn't be here if we didn't have all the picks."

All. The. Picks.

The picks they flipped Mack for. The picks the Bears sent them. The trade Gruden clearly thinks he won.

Gruden's earned the right to throw some jabs in 2019. He's been one of the NFL's best coaches and if the Raiders make a deep playoff run, he could end up winning this season's Coach of the Year Award. 

The Bears know a little something about that award, actually. It's the same one Matt Nagy took home after year one of the Mack trade. 

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Devin Hester one of six specialists to make the NFL 100 All-Time Team

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Devin Hester one of six specialists to make the NFL 100 All-Time Team

The NFL 100 All-Time Team just got a serious influx of speed and athleticism. Former Bears' legend and arguably the greatest special teams player of all time, Devin Hester, was named to the squad on Friday.

Hester played with the Bears from 2006 to 2013, racking up an incredible 31 return touchdowns (18 on kick returns, 13 on punt returns). Over his 11 season career, Hester collected a total of 11,028 return yards between kick and punt returns. Hester made four Pro Bowls and three All-Pro teams over his career. 

The 2006 No. 57 overall pick out of Miami (FL) dazzled from the start of his NFL career, collecting 1,128 combined punt/kick return yards and 5 touchdowns. 

But just as impressive as his overall effectiveness, was his penchant for rising to the moment. Hester's clutch moments included an 80+ yard punt return for a touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals in the infamous, "They are who we thought they were game".

And, of course, all NFL fans remember how Hester became the first player in NFL history to take the opening kickoff of a Super Bowl back to the house for a touchdown. 

Hester was a shoo-in to make the NFL 100 All-Time Team, as he is the NFL's all-time leader in kick and punt return touchdowns but even, so his game was about so much more than just the numbers. 

Devin Hester's unparalleled combination of speed and creativity in the open field delighted NFL fans in a way that perhaps no other player in history did or ever will. 

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Sports Talk Live Podcast: Bears win again as they trounce the Cowboys

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Sports Talk Live Podcast: Bears win again as they trounce the Cowboys

Sam Panayotovick and Seth Gruen join Kap on the show.

0:00 - The Bears win again as they trounce the Cowboys. So did Mitch Trubisky save his job or was it just one good game?

12:00 - The Bulls look for their third straight win with the Warriors in town. Plus, Sam gives out his best bets for the weekend as the guys preview the college football conference title games.

17:00 - Comedian Steve Rannazzisi joins Kap to talk about the dumpster fire that is his Knicks. Plus Kap thanks his Giants for helping turn the Bears season around.

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