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Inside the spectacle of Jon Gruden's first day back with the Raiders

Inside the spectacle of Jon Gruden's first day back with the Raiders”

Per Marvez, Virginia State head coach Reggie Barlow is on the radar to potentially join Gruden in Oakland as the Raiders' wideouts coach.

The Raiders played a Monday Night Football game December 25 in Philadelphia, and Davis met Gruden before kickoff against the Eagles.

After beating the Raiders 48-21 in Super Bowl XXXVII, Gruden was just 22-26 in his final three years with Tampa Bay.

"I'm so thrilled to be back here", Gruden told reporters Tuesday. I am not a real deep, philosophical person. "I feel there's unfinished business", Gruden said. "He's gotten exposed to a lot of different things". But Gruden said his broadcast career allowed him to see how and where other team's practice and how schemes are evolving. The Patriots went on to the Super Bowl, while the Raiders were sent home. I think he's got a huge upside.

For nearly an hour before Jon Gruden arrived, the weight room at Raiders headquarters buzzed with former players, high-ranking team officials, media and anyone and everyone wanting a glimpse of Gruden's official return to coaching. Sure, life with Gruden will be exceptionally different than playing for a player's coach like Jack Del Rio, but Carr is humble and secure enough in his abilities to take hard coaching.

After agreeing to a massive $100 million contract that spans 10 years, Gruden will now have a chance to write a new ending with the Raiders. He's going to pick Carr's game apart before putting it back together, and Carr, a consummate professional on so many levels, is going to take that coaching and learn from it. How Derek Carr responds could shape the Raiders for years to come as they prepare to arrive in Las Vegas in 2020. Davis said. "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".

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Does Gruden have a no-trade clause in his contract this time? He just missed one game, but clearly wasn't the same, especially after he had an MVP-type season in 2016.

"I don't have a guarantee to be alive for 10 years, just so people know", Gruden said.

"The system we're going to put in place is going to demand a lot from him, and I think that's what's going to unlock the greatness in him". So, I'm not sure why he's considered some quarterback genius. Under Gruden the Raiders did have their best years yet it was short lived.

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". Gruden has been on a nine-year hiatus from coaching in the NFL.

McKenzie's presence answered one question about Gruden's return to the franchise - specifically, who will be working alongside Gruden in Oakland's front office. Basically, he wants his players to choose their words carefully when expressing thoughts. "I'm going to do everything I can to help this team get right again".



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