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Gruden welcomed back to Raiders 16 years after departure

2018-01-12, 08:51
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Gruden will get a 10-year contract worth about $100 million,Womens Vernon Hargreaves III Jersey, a person familiar with the deal said on condition of anonymity because terms had not been released.

 what was harder — to get the 31 votes to move to Las Vegas? Or to get Jon Gruden? And by far to get Jon Gruden was the toughest.","Everybody knows I've been infatuated with him or whatever to get him here, how far along we were in that to make it happen,Womens Noah Spence Jersey, but they really didn't know how deep our conversations were going," Davis said. "Somebody asked me

Gruden returns to the sideline after nine seasons as an announcer. He said he's eager to take over a team with a promising young quarterback in Carr.

Gruden said he hopes the familiarity with new offensive coordinator Greg Olsen, who had that role in Carr's rookie season in 2014,Womens Roberto Aguayo Jersey, will help Carr bounce back after regressing this season from the form that made him an MVP candidate in 2016.

"I think he's got huge upside,Womens Donovan Smith Jersey, I think that's going to unlock the greatness in him. I'm very," Gruden said. "With Greg Olsen and the system we will put in place that will demand a lot from him, very excited to have him as our quarterback."

Gruden also has hired former Cincinnati defensive coordinator Paul Guenther and former Dallas special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia for those roles on his new staff.

Gruden brings intensity to the sideline and the meeting rooms that made him a fan favorite in his first stint,Womens Ali Marpet Jersey, earning him the nickname "Chucky" after the character in the 1980s slasher movie "Child's Play."

Some of Gruden's former players said the new Raiders are in for something they've never experienced before.

"Either you buy in or you're not going to be a part of it, who played one year for Gruden. "I hope these players are ready because they're going to get Chucky. They're going to get him. Now how they deal with that is a different story," said Hall of Famer Jerry Rice, but Chucky's going to come out."

For almost 16 years,Authentic DeAndre Hopkins Jersey, Jon Gruden had a gnawing sensation.

“There is unfinished business, just after joking,” Gruden said Tuesday at his introductory news conference as Raiders head coach, “Thanks for bringing up the tuck rule and for reminding me how old we are.”

On a bitter, Gruden’s first turn in the position to which he is returning ended in a gut-wrenching way — a fumble by Patriots quarterback Tom Brady that officials overturned and deemed an incomplete pass under the NFL’s obscure “tuck rule.” It was a controversial play that cost the Raiders a playoff victory, snowy January night in New England in 2002, launched a New England dynasty and has haunted the Raiders ever since.

“For the organization and for the entire Raider Nation,” said former Raiders defensive back Charles Woodson, we don’t know what could have been, who once thought he had won that playoff game with a strip sack of Brady. “We felt like he left prematurely.”

A month later, Gruden was traded to Tampa Bay by then-owner Al Davis — and the Raiders spent the better part of the next 16 years floundering.

But in a stunning turn of events, the years of longing and wishful thinking and unfounded rumors brought us here, with Gruden returning to coach the Oakland Raiders.

“For my (Oakland) career to end that night in New England, it still ticks me off,” Gruden said. “I’m so thrilled to be back here. I hope people understand the emotion inside. I feel there’s unfinished business. I feel a lot of loyalty and responsibility to get the Raiders going again. It’s been a while since the team has consistently performed at a high level.

Tuesday’s news conference was part coronation, part class reunion and grand theater. It was held in the Raiders’ high performance center, which even Mark Davis — who fired head coach Jack Del Rio after the final game of the season — said should be called the Jack Del Rio high performance center because the former coach helped bring the Raiders into the modern era.

The room was packed, not only with reporters and team employees but with dozens of former players. There was a celebratory, giddy vibe in the audience: that a wrong had finally been righted.

“He didn’t want to leave here,” said former Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon. “I sat up in that office with him after we lost to the Patriots and you could see the pain on his face.”

Gruden’s monster deal — 10 years for $100 million — had apparently been talked about for years. Gruden’s agent, Bob LaMonte, said those contract numbers have been floated as what it would take to lure Gruden out of the television booth. Gruden had many feelers; Davis said he’s been pursuing Gruden for six years.

 that the wooing got serious. Davis visited Gruden in Tampa that week to ask for advice on how to turn around the franchise.,But it wasn’t until the first week of November, Fla., when the Raiders spent the week in Sarasota,Authentic Noah Spence Jersey, having just lost to the Buffalo Bills to fall to 3-5

“That might be the first time I started to get the inkling that he might be the one to come back and fix it,” Davis said.

Gruden broadcast the Raiders’ penultimate game of the season, in Philadelphia on Christmas night.

“We spoke Christmas Eve,Authentic Roberto Aguayo Jersey,” Davis said. “I felt pretty confident that he was all in.”

It was a bold stroke from Davis, who needs momentum and credibility heading into the Raiders’ move to Las Vegas. And it was the end of a long quest that started that February day almost 16 years ago when his father traded Gruden to Tampa Bay.

In the years since, the Dennis Allen hiring and the Jack Del Rio hiring.,Authentic Donovan Smith Jersey,” news conference by then-head coach Bill Callahan. The hiring of Norv Turner. The return of Art Shell. The hiring of young “Lance” — as Al Davis mistakenly called Lane — Kiffin, which doubled as a coaching carousel. The “We must be the dumbest team in America, there have been plenty of events at Raiders headquarters,Authentic Ali Marpet Jersey, and the subsequent firing by overhead projector. The Tom Cable hiring and firing, the Hue Jackson hiring

All were accompanied by the sense that something irretrievable had already been lost, that the Raiders’ best hope ended when Gruden was sent to Tampa.

Tuesday’s event was quite different. Joyful. A pleasant mix of fond memories and future excitement.

Now 54,Authentic J.J. Watt Jersey, Gruden is, is a junior in high school. While his wife, in many ways, the same person. He still claims not to be a “deep and philosophical” guy,Womens J.J. Watt Jersey, still wakes up in the predawn hours, still works like a madman. His three sons are almost grown: Deuce works for Jay Gruden in Washington, who was born in the East Bay, Cindy, and Jayson will remain in Tampa to finish the school year, Michael goes to the University of Tennessee and Jayson, they are looking at schools in the Bay Area, and Cindy hopes they can find a home in their old neighborhood in Pleasanton. She will be more involved in the community than last time, no longer having to juggle three wild little boys.

And though he didn’t say it specifically, except when he was asked about the team’s impending move., the definite impression Gruden left was that he wanted to come back and finish his business while the team was still in Oakland. He didn’t mention Las Vegas

“All I know is this year I’m going to be coaching in Oakland,” Gruden said. “We’ll deliver the best football team we can to the people here in Oakland. And how long I stay here will be determined by how well we play.”, and next year I’m going to be coaching in Oakland

How this plays out on the field remains to be seen. Gruden said he couldn’t wait to get through Tuesday, lock the doors and get to work.

Though Gruden hasn’t won a playoff game since his Buccaneers beat the Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII 15 seasons ago, and though he was fired in Tampa, spent offseasons analyzing all the quarterback talent, he may be a better coach than he was the first time around. He has studied every team in the league, and has the wisdom that comes with age.


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