Raiders coach Jon Gruden announces hiring of Greg Olson as offensive coordinator

Jessica Allison
January 14, 2018

Gruden cited the back fractures Carr dealt with earlier in the year for his lack of success this season. "I feel there's unfinished business", Gruden said.

It didn't take too long for Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden to get reacquainted with the rivalry involving his team and the Kansas City Chiefs. "That would be the only reason why I would think about coaching". "As a coach, I was traded, I've been fired, I miss the game terribly, but I really miss the Raiders".

"I think he has a character like Bill Walsh-he can be your best friend or your worst enemy", he said. "For my career (here) to end on that night in New England, it still ticks me off".

Everyone laughed, including Gruden, whose first stint with the Raiders ended in 2001 when he was traded by Al Davis to Tampa Bay for four high draft picks and $8 million.

Since 2009, Gruden has been the color analyst alongside first Mike Tirico and then Sean McDonough, but that all changed when he signed a massive 10-year contract worth a reported $100 million. He played two productive seasons for the team before retiring after the 2015 season.

"I felt confident he was all in", Davis said of Gruden. "I had a son here". Which is exactly why the price to get Gruden back doesn't matter. With Raiders legends such as Charles Woodson, Jerry Rice, Jim Plunkett and Howie Long among the former players in attendance, the fanfare for Gruden's arrival seemed long-anticipated.

Jon Gruden will once again be the Raiders head coach after previously coaching the team from 1998-2001
Jon Gruden will once again be the Raiders head coach after previously coaching the team from 1998-2001

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. "At that time, we were trying to get a stadium built in Oakland and I wanted Jon Gruden to run the Raider franchise, with Reggie McKenzie".

Many other questions remain, however. Though there is work to be done on that side of the ball for sure, the big knock on Del Rio is that his offense was rather stagnant this year, something that shouldn't have been the case with a pair of former first-round wide receivers and a quarterback who just received the largest contract in National Football League history. Gruden has been on a nine-year hiatus from coaching in the NFL. "I haven't won a game since 2008". Under the rule, any team with a head coaching vacancy must interview at least one minority candidate. "With that said, I have a lot to prove, and I know that". It's an even bigger deal for Carr, who will get an opportunity to learn from the man behind ESPN's Quarterback Camp.

But while Brad Johnson owns a ring for that XXXVII triumph over the Raiders, and Rich Gannon was an MVP in losing to his former coach in that season's final game, neither quarterback at the time was as young or talented as Carr. Carr sustained a fractured transverse process injury against the Denver Broncos on October 1.

The league Gruden returns to will look markedly different than what he left in 2008 when he was sacked as the head coach of the Buccaneers, particularly in regard to the use of social media by players and teams. Gruden said that's exactly right. Coaches said Lynch looked reinvigorated, though he also appeared to be more in step with his offensive line. "And when I met Derek Carr this morning I thought of a few more, just so you know".

"Look, I went through it: practiced in Oakland, played every game a road game", Long recalled. You have to be careful what you post because sometimes it backfires against you.

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