Raiders Officially Introduce Jon Gruden as Team's New Head Coach

Arnold Nichols
January 10, 2018

"Me knowing coach Gruden and his mentality, and the excitement and energy he's going to bring, he's [the] only coach in the NFL who brings that kind of excitement", Penn said Monday, during an appearance on NFL Network, per NBC Sports Bay Area's Scott Bair.

The Raiders touted Gruden's hire as "unfinished business" after he went 38-26 in four seasons as the team's coach from 1998-2001.

The Oakland Raiders officially introduced Jon Gruden as their new head coach on Tuesday.

Oakland Raiders new head coach Jon Gruden (L) and Raiders owner Mark Davis pose for a photograph during a news conference at Oakland Raiders headquarters on January 9, 2018 in Alameda, California.

In his first season in Tampa Bay, Gruden led the Bucs to a win in Super Bowl XXXVII over the same Raiders team he had just left behind. What press conference ever begins with a hype video? I've paid very close attention to it. I haven't won a game since 2008 - I haven't lost any either.

"I have a lot to prove". "Number one, I love football. I can't worry about things I can't control in that regard, but I know people will want to step on me and beat me, and that's the way that this league is".

Added Gruden: "I've prepared to come back".

Gruden declined to get into specifics of his monstrous contract - playing coy - and joked (maybe?) that he has a no-trade clause in his deal this time.

Gruden succeeds Jack Del Rio, who was sacked following a season-ending loss to the Los Angeles Chargers that capped a disappointing 6-10 campaign for the Raiders.

Gruden did not elaborate on whether he had final say in personnel decisions but said he would work closely with Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie.

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