Oakland Raiders: Jon Gruden says 'There is unfinished business'

Oakland Raiders: Jon Gruden says 'There is unfinished business'

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. He beat Oakland in the Super Bowl the next season but always identified with the Raiders.

Clips from Gruden's first tenure with the Raiders played in short spurts. 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. Still scowling. Eyes still bugging out of his head.

"It was six years ago, that I started on this", Davis said.

"I love the AFC West", Gruden said.

"I've never met Marshawn Lynch, even as a broadcaster", Gruden said.

The former ESPN broadcaster will circle the wagons back to an organization he never wanted to leave. "Mark has told me that (I'm) not getting ownership (percentage) of the team, so I'm happy to report that today". While the older guys can't lace up their shoes or put on a uniform their presence is enough to motivate the current roster of players to come.

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"The big reason I'm here is my passion for the city of Oakland and this franchise". The brand is global. There will be luxury boxes, club seats and sponsorships to sell, and no coach has been more sought after or more visible, given Gruden's role on Monday Night Football for much of the past decade. I love the Raiders. There were points that they looked like juggernauts and times where they just looked flat, and the end result after an opening-round playoff loss is going to see Alex Smith either benched or traded. I just want to give him everything he needs to be successful.

Gruden, who went 38-26 in four seasons as the Raiders coach from 1998 to 2001, says he's "ready to work". The sentiment stayed true with Raiders alumni such as Charles Woodson, Rich Gannon, Howie Long, Jim Otto and more in the building. "Remember that voice? Recognize that face?" the video asked the crowd before team owner Mark Davis addressed the crowd.

Instead, the Patriots held on to the ball, and kicked two field goals - one in regulation and one in overtime - to win the game. "Over the last six or seven years, we have talked about the Raiders - not necessarily about becoming the coach, but maybe ways that we could improve the Raiders, my vision of how I thought I could help them". I don't know. You can use it as an excuse. Gruden has been on a nine-year hiatus from coaching in the NFL. Since then, Davis has offered Gruden the job three times.

Davis blazed a nice trail between bays, from San Francisco to Tampa (with a stop in Dallas). "I have a laundromat there where I do my laundry". "I firmly believe that", Plunkett said of Gruden. "But they really didn't know how deep our conversations were going and how far along we were to make it happen".

McKenzie said the Raiders interviewed Bobby Johnson, Oakland's tight ends coach for the past three seasons, and Tee Martin, now the offensive coordinator at USC. "I haven't won a game since 2008". It followed a 12-4 record in 2016 that produced the franchise's first playoff appearance since 2002.

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