Gruden A Bold Investment For Raiders


Although the Raiders, coming off a 6-10 season, could return to the playoff picture in 2018, Gruden's second tour of duty definitely should be hitting its stride by 2020 when the $1.9 billion Vegas stadium is scheduled to open. 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 was surprised he wanted to come back and coach again but I can't think of a better team than the Oakland Raiders", said Rice.

"On the day Gruden was introduced as the Oakland Raiders' new coach, an National Football League industry source told that Jack Del Rio, the man Gruden has replaced, could resurface in 2018 in an analyst role", Bill Williamson of noted. "I'm so thrilled to be back here". I am not a real deep, philosophical person. "This is something I feel deeply and strongly about". I also feel a lot of loyalty and I feel a lot of responsibility to get the Raiders going again. "It's up to come up with an offense that allows him to soar to another level". "I don't care how hard Derek has worked before, he's going to have to change his work habits to fit in". 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.

"His intel there will be very important", Gruden said. After a two-minute hype video was played to bring out even more excitement for the hire, Jon Gruden was introduced and sat in between the two men in charge.

The NFL is concluding a turbulent season that saw the continuation of pregame demonstrations during the national anthem, including by a number of Raiders players, to protest police violence against minorities that divided many fans and earned the ire of President Donald Trump. "I think he loves the Raiders and guys like him interest me, so I'm looking forward to talking to him". Had Gruden not chose to return, though, Davis said he likely would have continued with Del Rio.

Gruden, reported to have signed a 10-year, $100 million contract with Oakland, will work with McKenzie, the general manager on personnel moves. I had a son here, some of my great memories in life were in Oakland and I want to give them two of the best years of football that I can possibly help deliver. Davis said. "And by far, to get Jon Gruden was the toughest".

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On the season, Lynch's 50 missed tackles forced were the sixth most of any running back in the NFL, per Pro Football Focus.

Does Gruden have a no-trade clause in his contract this time?

The Raiders, who ended the 2016 season with a 12-4 record became a media darling. It honestly makes me think that Al is still calling the shots from the great beyond. So, I'm not sure why he's considered some quarterback genius.

Nonetheless, we do know Gruden won't shy away from having uncomfortable discussions and shaking up the roster in order to put the Raiders back in postseason contention.

Gruden said he has hired an offensive coordinator (Greg Olson), a defensive coordinator (Paul Guenther) and a special-teams coordinator (Rich Bisaccia).

Gruden brings intensity to the sideline and the meeting rooms that made him a fan favorite in his first stint, earning him the nickname "Chucky" after the character in the 1980s slasher movie "Child's Play". Or jobs. Some years the rumours seemed legit, but Gruden always would come out eventually and announce he's happy to be out of coaching.