Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

How the Raiders welcomed back Jon Gruden

How the Raiders welcomed back Jon Gruden

"And that I think was the important part of it. Getting to know the family and the family believing in the Raiders, believing in me, believing in (president) Marc Badain, (director of football administration) Tom Delaney.we went down there with computers and everything else to help try to convince him that the Raiders organization is where he should be". Now, it's unfinished business for the former ESPN Analyst.

Gruden, however, has refuted the scuttlebutt, saying during Tuesday's introductory press conference as head coach of the Raiders that he will not receive a stake on the team as part of the lucrative deal. "That would be the only reason why I would think about coaching. I'm a real short-term, goal-oriented coach".

"But I've really missed the Raiders".

The Raiders played a Monday Night Football game December 25 in Philadelphia, and Davis met Gruden before kickoff against the Eagles.

After four seasons, from 1998 to 2001, Gruden was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for two first-round picks, two second-round picks and $8 million.

The Chargers might be the biggest threat to the Raiders in the AFC West next season, but Philip Rivers is up there in age, and the StubHub Center often sounds like the home of the visiting team. "Even as a broadcaster, I asked for Marshawn Lynch in production meetings and I never got to meet him", Gruden said.

Davis said. "And by far, to Jon Gruden was the toughest". "I had a son here". "But he did an incredible job today talking about Oakland and focusing on Oakland, because this is where we are the next two years". The fire that Jon Gruden brought to the microphone.

That drew big laughs from the crowd, which included dozens of former Raiders stars such as Tim Brown, Howie Long and Charles Woodson.

Gruden and holdover GM Reggie McKenzie, with whom the new coach spent a year working alongside in Green Bay under Ron Wolf, will collaborate on every personnel decision, he said.

McKenzie said the Raiders interviewed Bobby Johnson, Oakland's tight ends coach for the past three seasons, and Tee Martin, now the offensive coordinator at USC.

Many other questions remain, however.

The Raiders had major drops in scoring (26 to 18.8), yards per game (373.3 to 324.1) and committed twice as many turnovers (14 to 28) this season as Carr took a major step back in his development after signing a $125 million, five-year extension in the offseason.

The Raiders have put together some info on their new coach. They won only six games. He'll now look to fill the remaining spots on the coaching staff.

Many factors resulted in the poor record; one of them was the regression of Derek Carr who became the second richest quarterback in the National Football League last summer.

The Raiders also are set to hire David Lippincott from Cincinnati as linebackers coach, per Alex Marvez of "I talk to my kids about Snapchat, Instagram, all that stuff". And we have to improve the way we play. "And when I met Derek Carr this morning I thought of a few more, just so you know". There were points that they looked like juggernauts and times where they just looked flat, and the end result after an opening-round playoff loss is going to see Alex Smith either benched or traded.

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