Raiders Jon Gruden Clowned For Thong-Like Face Mask Vs. Patriots

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Several NFL head coaches have had an issue adjusting to wearing a face mask on the sidelines. The New England Patriots‘ Bill Belichick wore something that looked like a bird beak last week, and the Kansas City Chiefs’ Andy Reid fogged up his face shield on the NFL’s opening night.

Add the Raiders’ Jon Gruden to the list of coaches whose face mask stylings have drawn attention. Behold, Gruden’s thong-like face wear.

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Social Media Reacts to Gruden’s Unconventional Mask

Several people had interesting responses to Gruden’s face wear, and every take is pretty hilarious.

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Oh my 😂 🏴‍☠️ @podthat

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Gruden Has Already Been Fined for Not Wearing a Mask

Last week, Gruden and New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton (who has actually already had COVID-19) have both been fined $100,000 apiece.

I suppose the little flap Gruden wore on Sunday was his best effort to stay in compliance, and to maintain the level of comfort he desires as he barks out signals and instructions to his staff and players.

For what it’s worth, Gruden didn’t begin the game with his mask looking this way. He tried to go with the turtleneck-style mask initially.

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Unfortunately, over the course of the rather one-sided loss, it morphed into something comical.

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Patriots get the win 36-20 behind a dominant run game and stout defense. Rex Burkhead had 3 TDs Passing Las Vegas Raiders Att Cmp Yds YPA TD Int Lg Sack Loss Rate Derek Carr 32 24 261 8.2 2 0 34 2 12 119.4 New England Patriots Att Cmp Yds YPA TD Int Lg Sack Loss Rate Cam Newton 28 17 162 5.8 1 1 27 2 6 73.8 Rushing Las Vegas Raiders Att Yds Avg Lg TD FD Josh Jacobs 16 71 4.44 13 0 3 Devontae Booker 3 31 10.33 23 0 2 Jalen Richard 1 14 14.00 14 0 1 Derek Carr 2 10 5.00 9 0 1 New England Patriots Att Yds Avg Lg TD FD Sony Michel 9 117 13.00 48 0 3 Rex Burkhead 6 49 8.17 17 2 6 J.J. Taylor 11 43 3.91 9 0 2 Cam Newton 9 27 3.00 21 0 2 Isaiah Zuber 1 13 13.00 13 0 1 N'Keal Harry 1 2 2.00 2 0 0 Julian Edelman 1 -1 -1.00 -1 0 0 Receiving Las Vegas Raiders Rec Yds Avg Lg TD FD Tar YAC Hunter Renfrow 6 84 14.00 26 1 4 9 41 Jalen Richard 3 8 2.67 6 0 0 3 3 Zay Jones 3 32 10.67 13 0 2 3 18 Josh Jacobs 3 12 4.00 5 0 0 4 13 Darren Waller 2 9 4.50 8 0 0 4 1 Nelson Agholor 2 32 16.00 18 0 2 3 6 Foster Moreau 2 25 12.50 24 1 2 2 4 Bryan Edwards 2 48 24.00 34 0 2 3 18 Alec Ingold 1 11 11.00 11 0 1 1 11 New England Patriots Rec Yds Avg Lg TD FD Tar YAC Rex Burkhead 7 49 7.00 15 1 3 10 63 Damiere Byrd 3 27 9.00 23 0 1 3 17 N'Keal Harry 2 34 17.00 27 0 1 4 18 Sony Michel 2 23 11.50 14 0 1 2 24 Julian Edelman 2 23 11.50 15 0 2 6 4 Jakob Johnson 1 6 6.00 6 0 0 1 0 Ryan Izzo 0 0 0.00 0 0 0 1 0 J.J. Taylor 0 0 0.00 0 0 0 1 0 Kickoff Returns #Patriots #NewEnglandPatriots #CamNewton #StephonGilmore #DevinMcCourty #JasonMcCourty #PatrickChung #BrandonBolden #LawrenceGuy #ChaseWinovich #JoshUche #KyleDugger #JoeThuney #JamesHarris #LamarMiller #JarrettStidham #AdamButler #JJTaylor #DevinAsiasi #DaltonKeene #JulianEdelman #NKealHarry #MohamedSanu #DavidAndrews #BillBelichick #RobertKraft #AFCEast #AFC #NFL

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Perhaps after the second Rex Burkhead touchdown, Gruden’s mask went full thong.


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