Gruden was introduced as the new Raiders head coach. "Raider Nation, this is a big F'n deal". "Somebody asked me, what was harder - to get the 31 votes to move to Las Vegas?" "This is a big effin' deal". "All I know is that this year I'm going to be coaching in Oakland, and next year I'm going to be coaching in Oakland". Gruden has been on a nine-year hiatus from coaching in the NFL. Gruden wasn't ready. He tried again in 2015, but Gruden wasn't ready.
"Yeah, there is unfinished business", Gruden said Tuesday at his introductory news conference, again taking the reins of a team that traded him away in 2002, four years after giving him his first head coaching job. There were several conversations between those requests, most of which were counseling sessions on how to get the Raiders right. Other than the Super Bowl season and 2016, the Raiders have been an embarrassment. I'm ready to roll, I'm just ready to go.
"I just, in my heart, feel this is the thing I want to do", he said. The defense hadn't started clicking at that point in time, so I just wanted to know if he had some input for me. One Raiders staffer manned a rope in the middle, unhooking it every time one of the over 100 media members or special guests in attendance ventured to their seat.
"My frequent flyer miles between San Francisco and Tampa, did that (trip) maybe 15 times", Davis said. He even found a favorite hotel and a quality Laundromat over an estimated 15 trips back and forth.
Long expressed confidence that Davis and Raiders president Marc Badain will have a plan in place to ease the Vegas transition for Gruden and the franchise.
The obvious problem there would be Del Rio's lack of experience in broadcasting.
"I love the city of Oakland", Gruden said. "I want you", Gruden told Carr on the ESPN show.
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Davis now has his man in Gruden, and wants this pact to work in the short and long term.
He not only received a record contract of 10 years for $100 million to return to a silver and black franchise for which he obviously holds an impassioned attachment, but also inherited the best and most promising quarterback of his career as a head coach. He allowed Gruden to extend longer and worthwhile offers to assistants he saw fit. Davis and general manager Reggie McKenzie made their way to the dais overseeing the masses while Gruden stood behind a curtain to the side.
It's been awhile since Gruden has been on the sidelines, but there's no doubt that he is still one of the top coaching minds in the NFL. As well, 21 years ago the Raiders appointed the NFL's first female team CEO (Amy Trask).
"I'm already here! Listening to Jon got me fired up", said Jerry Rice. We can all go back to enjoying Monday Night Football this season!
We're talking, of course, about the famous "Tuck Rule" game: the New England Patriots' improbable 2001 AFC divisional-round win over the Raiders in overtime, aided by a controversial call that ruled Brady's fumble an incomplete pass.
"I think he has a character like Bill Walsh-he can be your best friend or your worst enemy", he said. "And this time he didn't waver, either". "And that's the term that we were using in our discussions and everything, are you all-in?"