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Raiders hire Gruden for some reason

14 January 2018, 12:14 | Nina Perez

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Gruden was then traded to Tampa Bay the following month for four draft picks and $8 million.

"On the day Gruden was introduced as the Oakland Raiders' new coach, an National Football League industry source told RaidersSnakepit.com that Jack Del Rio, the man Gruden has replaced, could resurface in 2018 in an analyst role", Bill Williamson of RaidersSnakePit.com noted. I never felt I'd be back, but here I am. "I really haven't. I'm not a real deep philosophical person". Now, it's unfinished business for the former ESPN Analyst.

"I feel a lot of responsibility to get the Raiders going again. It's been a while since the team has consistently performed at a high level".

The Oakland Raiders recaptured their past and present in one move Tuesday afternoon. I think you have to be careful what you read because it's not as always true and it's not always positive.

"I love the city of Oakland", Gruden said. We're going to have conversations about that [with players]. He played in Green Bay for six years and surprised many when he joined the Raiders for a second stint. He also stated that he likely would have fired the coordinators and kept Del Rio had Gruden not agreed to the job. But when it's all said and done, Carr will emerge as the All-Pro player he's capable of becoming, or he'll be sent packing in favor of a head coach that just signed a 10-year, $100 million deal.

Jon Gruden is back and wants to finish what he started with Oakland.

The Oakland/Las Vegas Whatever Raiders have made one of the dumbest moves they've made since the passing of Al Davis.

Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch is notoriously adverse to speaking with members of the media. "And by far to get Jon Gruden was the toughest". "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".

Gruden didn't entirely throw Jack Del Rio or Todd Downing under the bus for the ex-coach's ill-advised switch from Bill Musgrave to Downing last offseason, or Downing's failure to build a competent scheme for Derek Carr. It followed a 12-4 record in 2016 that produced the franchise's first playoff appearance since 2002.

"I walked into Arrowhead Stadium earlier in the season twice for the Chiefs-Broncos game and the Chiefs-Redskins game and the fans were really nice to me", Gruden said. "But I'm very, very excited to have him as our quarterback".

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.

Neither Gruden nor Davis would go into detail about the coach's contract but he did confirm he will not have an ownership stake in the team.

"Either you buy in or you're not going to be a part of it", said Hall of Famer Jerry Rice, who played one year for Gruden. I wasn't able to win a championship here as a player. He isn't going to cry in a corner whenever he gets yelled at. "Now how they deal with that is a different story, but Chucky's going to come out".

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