I'm not great at shopping for others, so I don't know what would be an appropriate price for Jon Gruden to pay when buying Aaron Rodgers a present as a show of appreciation for defying the odds and keeping his seat relatively cool for at least one more night. A gift basket doesn't seem like enough, but maybe shipping Oakland's most trustworthy pass protector off to Green Bay in exchange for a Gruden's Grinder monogrammed hand towel that it's namesake can use to wipe the sweat from his brow whenever Khalil Mack does Khalil Mack things might do the trick?
After all, the only reason that we're not halfheartedly wondering whether or not the Raiders should be in the market for a new head coach before the current one serves even one game of his decade long, 100 million dollar deal is the brilliance of the man who hobbled back from what looked to be a devastating injury to throw the Packers on his back and the Bears into submission.
Last night's instant-classic comeback played out as if Khalil Mack and Jon Gruden had taken their disagreement about the true value of a premier pass rusher to an NFL field instead of a court room. By somehow padding his stats from the defensive line, the former Raider spent the first half presenting the type of irrefutable case that sends Law & Order to it's first commercial break leaving the viewing audience wondering how they'll even fill the next 45 minutes...
Chucky was getting rag-dolled on the inter-webs, and rightfully so, as Khalil Mack caused a 10-14 point swing all by his damn self. Not exactly the type of thing you want to see out of the player you refused to pay due to some perceived lack of an impact...
We are talking as open-and-shut a case as you could possibly come across...until Aaron Rodgers returned from the tunnel with one fully-functioning leg and a reverent rebuttal on behalf of elite quarterbacks everywhere...
Personally, I think that two players that are arguably the best in the NFL on their respective sides of the ball proved the absolute entirety of their worth last night. That said, the player that did so in a wild and crazy winning effort from under center really muddied the waters of the narrative for a third party whose franchise-altering mistake already proved clear as day before he even returned to he sideline.
The least Jon Gruden could do is what the Packers have failed to do in getting the most talented passer ever someone that can block for him, as that passer limped his way back to the huddle and somehow blocked him from having to answer to the immediate impact of the most intimidating Monster of the Midway.
Unfortunately, something tells me that Aaron Rodgers shouldn't be waiting with bated breath, as apparently Jon Gruden couldn't even be bothered to buy himself some sunscreen during what could prove to be a short vacation from the booth...