After the infamous "Tuck Rule Game" against the Patriots, Gruden was released from his contract only to return 20 years later.
"He came back to the Raiders for a similar reason that I did", Gruden said.
"I've never met Marshawn Lynch, even as a broadcaster", Gruden said. "But you need a coach that's going to keep you focused, and Jon Gruden is that type of coach". He was one of almost 40 former Raiders players in attendance, joining among others Jerry Rice, Tim Brown, Jim Plunkett, Howie Long, Jim Otto and Rich Gannon. He has experience as an offensive coordinator during a two-year stint at Colorado, his alma mater, and also spent five seasons as running backs coach with the Minnesota Vikings. Under Gruden the Raiders did have their best years yet it was short lived. "This is something I feel deeply and strongly about".
People often say that the National Football League is all about wins and losses.
"I love the city of Oakland", Gruden said. "I think he's proven that and it's up to us as a coaching staff to improve around him".
With Gruden out of the booth and setting up shop in the Bay Area, who will ESPN hire to replace him? Gruden didn't really finish what he started.
While there might be room for Lynch's production on Gruden's Raiders - and if Lynch is as big a Raiders fan as he professes, he surely had to be a Chucky fan as a teenager during Gruden's first run, no? - is there room for Beast Mode's personality?
"The intriguing thing would to comeback and try to win a championship with Oakland", Woodson said. "As a coach, I've been traded. No guarantees, no promises, but I want to win". "You know, that '82 team probably should have went to the Super Bowl and probably should have won, and we just didn't get it done".
"Somebody asked me what was harder: to get the 31 votes to move to Las Vegas, or to get Jon Gruden?". "He nearly made me want to put that uniform on again". I'm going to be highly involved here just like I am with the San Francisco 49ers.
If you believe that he is the guy that can turnaround the franchise, then you do whatever you can to bring him in. The excitement in today's press conference was felt among all who attended.
It's not as if Gruden played golf for a decade and made a decision to hop back into football.
Gruden officially announced his selections for the team's coordinator positions, tapping Los Angeles Rams quarterbacks coach Greg Olson as his offensive coordinator and installing Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Paul Guenther and Dallas Cowboys special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia in those same roles in Oakland. Gruden cited the back fractures Carr dealt with earlier in the year for his lack of success this season.
How can you watch that video and not be super excited for his return? The Raiders last playoff appearance was 2016 before that it was 2002 under Gruden. "If he just takes advantage of it, there are so many great things in store". Without a doubt this journey won't be easy but Gruden's up for the challenge. I think he's got a huge upside. Gruden mentioned being responsible for what's said and compared a public post to spoken words on the mic. We've got to improve the ways we practice.
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.