The Oakland Raiders managed just 13 points in their Week 1 loss to the Los Angeles Rams, but Jon Gruden believes the offense can easily be sparked.
Derek Carr targeted Amari Cooper three times and the receiver had just one catch for nine yards.
"You look at the film, we had him wide open deep," Gruden said of Cooper. "We didn't go there. He was open a couple of times, and for whatever reason we didn't go that route. Yeah, we want to get him going. That's easier said than done now."
Carr completed just five passes to wide receivers for 43 yards against the Rams. He said he saw deep routes developing, but went with the safer passes underneath, leading to a franchise-record 180 yards for tight end Jared Cook.
"You sit there and are like, we had a chance at that [deep throw], but there's a matchup there where we ended up picking up the first down," Carr said. "Where is that fine line? I'm not going to second guess anytime on the line of scrimmage.
"[Cooper] could possibly win on this one, it's not for sure, but I know for sure what is going to happen over here. It's just one of those things, even coach and I talk about. He keeps reminding me, 'Hey did you see it?' 'Yeah, I saw it.' He's like, 'OK, just as long as you're seeing it we are good.'"