He spent the past nine seasons working as a color commentator on ESPN's Monday Night Football.
The Raiders have Derek Carr, not a Billy Bob, at quarterback, and Ditka said he expects Gruden to invigorate the Raiders' offense and elevate the entire team. "He nearly made me want to put that uniform on again". I only live one time. "The process, you'd never believe it if I told you". He was flanked by Raiders owner Mark Davis and general manager Reggie McKenzie.
"I don't know if anyone can match Jon's intensity".
"For my career to end that night in New England, it still ticks me off", Gruden said. "I really haven't. I'm not a real deep philosophical person". I'm ready to roll.
Gruden gave the pitch strong consideration in November, and things started moving fast just before Christmas.
"My wife and kids can attest to that ..." "The fact that you got a leading man here now who has a passion for Oakland, which is important and wants to take the Raiders to a new level".
"I've paid very close attention to it". He just missed one game, but clearly wasn't the same, especially after he had an MVP-type season in 2016. I haven't lost any either. So I just wanted to know if he had some input for me. Of me screaming at players. "But I want to win". "I hope that still has a place in the National Football League".
Gruden's 10-year, $100 million contract is the richest in National Football League coaching history and matches Tom Landry and Jimmy Johnson (both with the Cowboys) for the longest, the Times reported.
If you're going to pay someone $100 million over 10 years, they get a hype video.
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Gruden was introduced as the new Raiders head coach.
OAKLAND, Calif. - When owner Mark Davis envisions the Las Vegas Raiders, he imagines a team in silver and black sprinting onto the turf of a new, state-of-the-art stadium. 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. "That would be the only reason why I would think about coaching". There's no (salary) cap there. And to me, the money doesn't really come into play here at all.
"I think he's got a huge upside", Gruden said.
Following a video presentation highlighting his first Oakland tenure, Gruden was introduced by owner Mark Davis, who called it the "biggest day of my life", almost 20 years after Gruden was hired by the late Al Davis as a 34-year-old unproven coach.
Does Gruden have a no-trade clause in his contract this time?
"Brady fumbled that ball", Gruden said, before turning serious.
"He has a great arm talent". He's been in a number of different systems ... To be able to get him on our staff in this capacity has been a blessing, because he's a guy that's been a coordinator for a long time. I get excited when we make a first down. Yes, he plans on calling the plays. That's all I care about.
"I see a lot of my dad in him". And though he's known as an in-your-face coach, Gruden did remind reporters that his love of the game is the driving force behind his on-field mannerisms. That's been the No. 1 criteria I've tried to bring every place I've been as a head coach.
True or not, the theory became reality Tuesday. "He going to keep you on your toes, and maybe the current players, that was something they were lacking this year".
In 2002 Davis famously traded Gruden to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for multiple draft picks. Then the words many have been waiting to hear: "please welcome the head coach of the Oakland Raiders, Mr. Jon Gruden". As well, 21 years ago the Raiders appointed the NFL's first female team CEO (Amy Trask). "The names have already been reported ..." "This is something I feel strongly about".