NFL legend Willie McGinest is confused by the whole Raiders-Khalil Mack drama … and is seemingly placing most of the blame for the superstar’s departure on Jon Gruden‘s shoulders.
“If you’re a coach coming into a new situation and this is a player that you covet and you really want on your team, there’s no egos in this,” the ex-Patriot tells TMZ Sports.
“I think you call the player and express your feelings and what you expect and what you need.”
Remember … Mack’s whole issue with the Raiders stems from the fact that he and Jon NEVER spoke after Gruden got the head gig.
Willie — a former stud pass rusher himself — is perplexed by Gruden and the Raiders’ role in the situation … especially after the new Chicago Bear BEASTED in his first game Sunday.
“I understand there’s two sides to the business,” McGinest says.
“But, Khalil Mack, in my opinion, is a generational player that can control and impact the game.”
For Gruden’s part … he tells ESPN the trade had to go down because, “Obviously, Khalil Mack didn’t want to play here.”
“Obviously, Khalil Mack didn’t want to be here.”
– Jon Gruden pic.twitter.com/t1NQzF5bVo
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) September 10, 2018