"Once a Raider, always a Raider".
Saying he never wanted to be traded from the Oakland Raiders to Tampa Bay in the first place, Jon Gruden returned as the head coach of the Silver and Black, almost 20 years to the day after he was hired there the first time. "I'm so thrilled to be back, and I hope people understand the emotion inside me - I fell unfinished business and also I feel a lot of loyalty and I feel a lot of responsibility to get the Raiders going again". "[I] love football", Gruden said during media availability Tuesday.
"I think he has a character like Bill Walsh-he can be your best friend or your worst enemy", he said.
"The reality is I haven't changed much at all since 1998", Gruden said. That's an old school football mentality if I've ever heard of one before.
The Raiders were 5-3 against the Chiefs during Gruden's initial four-year run in Oakland, including three straight victories at Arrowhead Stadium. Gruden has been on a nine-year hiatus from coaching in the NFL. He compiled a 57-55 record in Tampa and had worked for ESPN since 2009. "Now I get them from Mark Davis at 3 a.m., but I want to thank you for this opportunity from the bottom of my heart". I've prepared to come back. "With that said, I have a lot to prove, and I know that". "I haven't won a game since 2008, but I haven't lost one either". Mark Davis had finally reeled in his big fish - "Jon Gruden is Mark Davis's white whale", said Howie Long - and the Raiders did everything possible to make Gruden's (second) Alameda introduction a grand spectacle.
While no current Raiders players were in attendance, Gruden was certain that in time he would bring this team back to its winning ways.
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Among the media were a few reporters from Las Vegas who've been embedded with the Raiders the past year, since their move was approved by National Football League owners last March.
That experience is a walk in the park compared to what life will be like on a daily basis with Gruden.
The challenge will be far greater than the coaches who precede him. Clearly, the Raiders head coach plans on having an in-depth conversation with his team about specifics. Perhaps he can even reach his full potential with Gruden at his side, especially coming off a year where he had a dip in completion percentage and quarterback rating.
In a sense, the end of Jon Gruden's (first) Oakland Raiders career helped launch the beginning of Tom Brady's.
Gruden's name had been bandied about every offseason in which a highly talented, perhaps under-performing, team opened its head coaching position.