Tim Brown on Jon Gruden: 'Can you imagine Chucky in Las Vegas?'

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He'll add to the personnel department around trusted general manager Reggie McKenzie. "I feel there's unfinished business", Gruden said.

"I have not coached since 2008", Gruden said.

Neither Gruden nor Davis would go into detail about the coach's contract but he did confirm he will not have an ownership stake in the team.

Jon Gruden is back in the coaching world and the Oakland Raiders are better off for it, but though their new head coach is the big name moving back to the bay, Alex Marvez of Sporting News is reporting that there could be another move in the near future. I've asked for Marshawn Lynch in production meetings and have never met him. It's the owner's dream choice. Gruden didn't really finish what he started.

"The timing is right, it really doesn't have anything to do with the contract", Gruden said toward the end of the news conference.

The Raiders were 5-3 against the Chiefs during Gruden's initial four-year run in Oakland, including three straight victories at Arrowhead Stadium. It's an even bigger deal for Carr, who will get an opportunity to learn from the man behind ESPN's Quarterback Camp.

They presented a video montage of the best moments with Gruden as the Raiders head coach. Gruden cited Olson's experience coaching Raiders quarterback Derek Carr when he was the team's offensive coordinator in 2014. As a broadcaster, his research likely broadened his focus. 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.




Davis and the Raiders hired two different full-time coaches between that call and Gruden finally accepting the job: Dennis Allen and Jack Del Rio. 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. He's been around the game, studying, analyzing and understanding how teams operate on both sides of the ball. No continuity. It was like a curse was put on this team ever since Gruden was traded. He talked about the desire to optimize player strengths and unlock potential. Coaches said Lynch looked reinvigorated, though he also appeared to be more in step with his offensive line.

"I'm already here! Listening to Jon got me fired up", said Jerry Rice.

Rich Gannon flourished under the tutelage of Jon Gruden during his first stint as Raiders coach.

Questions about social media came up. Davis said. "And by far, to get Jon Gruden was the toughest". Basically, he wants his players to choose their words carefully when expressing thoughts.

It is similar to the Michael Crabtree dilemma, of sorts, as the Raiders are now expected to have about $18 million in salary-cap space, and cutting the receiver would save the Raiders $7.75 million in cap space.

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. Gannon morphed from journeyman to NFL Most Valuable Player in 2002. "We are going to work great together". Expect a joint effort on decisions to add assets via free agency and the draft wherever necessary.

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