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Jon Gruden, Raiders ready to take on their unfinished business


Following a video presentation highlighting his first Oakland tenure, Gruden was introduced by owner Mark Davis, who called it the "biggest day of my life", almost 20 years after Gruden was hired by the late Al Davis as a 34-year-old unproven coach.

After the playoff game against the New England Patriots deemed the "Tuck Rule Game", Gruden asked to be release to return to Florida to be closer with his family. Gannon became a Pro Bowler, and though he ultimately went on to win his lone MVP the year Gruden was traded to Tampa Bay, he credited his former coach with much of his success.

"A Super Bowl championship in the next three years, three to four years, that's what I'm looking at".

"I never wanted to leave the Raiders", said Gruden in his opening statement.

"I just, in my heart, feel this is the thing I want to do", he said. "I just really want to be a part of the Raiders again and I want to finish my coaching career as an Oakland Raider".

"I feel a lot of responsibility to get the Raiders going again". Get more consistent and come up with an offense that really allows him to soar in another level, but it's exciting. I think you have to be careful what you read because it's not as always true and it's not always positive.

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




Beane said the Bills have spoken to Incognito and understand their player's side of the story from Buffalo's 10-3 loss to the Jaguars in an AFC wild-card playoff game Sunday. Unless the team is highly successful the next two seasons, it's hard to imagine the Gruden name being enough to sell the Raiders the way Davis clearly hopes to in Vegas.

Brown was on the Raiders from 1988-2003, bridging the time they returned to Oakland from Los Angeles.

Last week, Gruden signed a reported 10-year, $100 million contract with the Raiders, and on Tuesday they introduced him to the media. "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". How Derek Carr responds could shape the Raiders for years to come as they prepare to arrive in Las Vegas in 2020. Jon Gruden no longer has that barrier between them. "And by far to get Jon Gruden was the toughest". Everywhere I went as a Monday Night Football analyst, the Raider Nation would come out. He could do it a third time if Gruden desired so.

Lynch is under contract for next season for $4 million, but with no guaranteed money should he or the Raiders choose to part ways in the coming weeks. He's healthy now. He's I think been in a lot of different systems - he's played for a number of different [coaches] or has not [had] a lot of continuity around him that way. It honestly makes me think that Al is still calling the shots from the great beyond. "[I'm] very, very excited to have him as our quarterback".

17 years later he is back with the Raiders.

Gruden brings intensity to the sideline and the meeting rooms that made him a fan favorite in his first stint, earning him the nickname "Chucky" after the character in the 1980s slasher movie "Child's Play". "But you need a coach that's going to keep you focused, and Jon Gruden is that type of coach". So, you bring in someone who is not famous for working well with others?

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