Jon Gruden welcomed back to Raiders 16 years after exit
14 January, 2018, 00:15 | Author: Glenda Knight
Gruden was introduced Tuesday in front of a large crowd that included almost 50 former Raiders and nine Pro Football Hall of Famers as the coach that owner Mark Davis believes can carry Derek Carr and the Raiders back to the top.
When listening to Gruden talk about the intricacies of the game, you knew he made the right choice to return. That was the game that did him in, causing Davis to trade Gruden to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for four draft picks and cash. I just want to be a part of the Raiders again.
"I'm so thrilled to be back here", Gruden told reporters Tuesday. "I really haven't. I'm not a real deep philosophical person. I feel there's unfinished business", Gruden said. I also feel a lot of loyalty and I feel a lot of responsibility to get the Raiders going again. It's been a while since we consistently performed at a high level. I'm a huge Jaws fan, but he had his run in the MNF booth already from 2007 to 2011. The Raiders were staying in Sarasota, Fla., between games at Buffalo and Miami, and Davis went to seek counsel on how to fix a once-promising season gone awry. I can't wait. He came back to the Raiders for similar, I think, reasons that I did.
Davis said he had been trying to bring Gruden back for six years ever since taking over the franchise following his father's death. And we have to improve the way we play. During that tenure, Gruden was the first coach to take the team to a 12-4 season winning their first division title since 1990. It's possible that the man he's replacing in Oakland - Jack Del Rio - will now become an analyst. His contract with the Raiders is reportedly worth enough to probably fund his own mini-space program: $100 million for 10 years. This was a moment six years in the making, the conclusion of a quest started shortly after Mark took control following owner Al Davis' death.
Davis said the pending move to Las Vegas in 2020 had nothing to do with hiring Gruden. They're welcome back any time, he said, before thanking them for being on time, unlike his coaching days. "And by far to get Jon Gruden was the toughest". Rex Ryan called the second half of ESPN's Monday Night Football doubleheader to kick off the season so he at least has one game under his belt. He just missed one game, but clearly wasn't the same, especially after he had an MVP-type season in 2016. Though there is work to be done on that side of the ball for sure, the big knock on Del Rio is that his offense was rather stagnant this year, something that shouldn't have been the case with a pair of former first-round wide receivers and a quarterback who just received the largest contract in National Football League history. The guys I know that have played for Gruden have absolutely despised him. "[I'm] very, very excited to have him as our quarterback".
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