Derek Carr needs to match Jon Gruden's insanity for Raiders to blossom

Beth Cruz
January 14, 2018

The Raiders spared no expense in bringing the former head coach back in style. A pair of security guards was needed to prevent fans from overwhelming the honored guests at the main door.

"I felt confident he was all in", Davis said of Gruden.

"The timing is right, it really doesn't have anything to do with the contract", Gruden said toward the end of the news conference.

The Oakland Raiders will be one of the most fascinating teams to watch over the course of the offseason, as their front office infrastructure has both maintained a level of stability with the return of Reggie McKenzie, and been given a enormous twist at the same time with the inclusion of Jon Gruden.

There is this theory floating around the Raiders that one huge contract was offered to precipitate the signing of another, that owner Mark Davis awarded quarterback Derek Carr a nine-figure deal last offseason with the intention of eventually offering another to the man he wanted to coach him.

"I'm already here! Listening to Jon got me fired up", said Jerry Rice. He played in Green Bay for six years and surprised many when he joined the Raiders for a second stint. He isn't going to cry in a corner whenever he gets yelled at. "We're not posing for football cards!" He hid in darkness for only a minute before the lights came on.

"(Owner) Mark (Davis) and I have been friends for a long time ...

"Raider Nation", Davis began. And yeah, it's a big freaking deal to Davis especially.

Gruden climbed the stage, embraced Davis, then McKenzie. It took a while for the applause to die down and the cameras to stop flashing.


Of course, getting a candidate to agree before you fire the current coach means anyone else that interviewed for the gig never actually had a chance at it.

Gruden took 28 questions, touching on everything from his coaching return to his unchanged demeanor to his quarterback Derek Carr to his three coordinators.

"I believe that I would've sat down with Jack and we would've figured out coordinators and assistant coaches and things like that, and tried to figure out how to reinvigorate the franchise through Jack, yeah, absolutely", Davis said.

Before his one-game suspension for making contact with a referee in Week 7, Lynch averaged 3.7 yards per carry in rushing for 266 yards on 72 carries and had two touchdowns in seven games.

"Coach, this is your first overall pick from 1998, Charles Woodson, here with the Raiders alumni".

And while the team is moving to Las Vegas in a couple of years from now, Gruden says he's excited to see his friends in the Black Hole again and make this team a victor here. He was one of your typical "game managers" who was tasked with not screwing games up, but Gruden got the best out of him and rode him to a Super Bowl title in his first season on the job.

After confirming that there is indeed a no-trade clause in his contract, Gruden, 54, became emotional thanking the former players in attendance. This sounds good and all, and it wasn't made clear Tuesday, but rest assured the final say on solving those disagreements will come from Gruden.

The charismatic coach was back home, working the room, putting on a show.

On Tuesday, the Raiders met those high expectations.

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