One of the firings during Jon Gruden's first season back as Raiders coach took place just before the holidays, when he axed strength and conditioning coach Tom Shaw.
Gruden was asked during his Wednesday press conference if he had any comment on Shaw's reported firing, and answered it was "a personal matter," and he would leave it at that. Gruden also added it was something the Raiders would deal with once the season was over, which it will be after Sunday.
Shaw is believed to be the fifth strength coach fired by Gruden in his 12 years as an NFL coach. He followed Gruden to Oakland when the coach was hired, and the two appeared to have a close, personal relationship.
While we aren't 100 percent sure why Shaw was let go, these types of firings have happened in the past. Those reasons have varied from someone else of interest coming in to take over, or something as simple as shaking things up.
This comes just two weeks after general manager Reggie McKenzie was fired by Raiders owner Mark Davis following six seasons.