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Jon Gruden returns to Raiders to settle 'unfinished business'

14 January 2018

It didn't take long for new Oakland Raiders coach Jon Gruden to meet quarterback Derek Carr.

Then the words many have been waiting to hear: "please welcome the head coach of the Oakland Raiders, Mr. Jon Gruden". They're all young and were all high draft picks the last couple of years, but the three of them haven't had the impact they were originally expected to have. Jon Gruden has returned to the Oakland Raiders after leaving the team in 2001.

Gruden was introduced as the new Raiders head coach.

The former ESPN broadcaster will circle the wagons back to an organization he never wanted to leave. "I really haven't. I'm not a real deep philosophical person. This is something I feel deeply, strongly about, and I am going to do everything I can to hire a great coaching staff and put the Raiders back on track". "He's gotten exposed to a lot of different things". I'm a huge Jaws fan, but he had his run in the MNF booth already from 2007 to 2011. Other than the Super Bowl season and 2016, the Raiders have been an embarrassment. I'm going to do everything I can.

"Reggie and I come from the same tree in Green Bay", Gruden says.

In 11 seasons as an National Football League head coach and having counseled numerous quarterbacks, Gruden has never tutored the individual skill and promise he will find in Carr.

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His introduction turned out to be a star-studded event with more than 100 credentialed media from across the country and dozens of former Raiders players filling the seats in the team's new performance center. If it's not permitted, the Raiders clearly broke the rules by striking a deal with Jon Gruden before firing Jack Del Rio. But when it's all said and done, Carr will emerge as the All-Pro player he's capable of becoming, or he'll be sent packing in favor of a head coach that just signed a 10-year, $100 million deal. He made it clear, however, that Raiders players will be forced to make a "his way or the highway" decision as the intense 54-year-old OH native takes the reins.

"I'd just like to thank Mark Davis and Mrs. Davis for this opportunity", Gruden said, referencing Mark's mother, Carole, the widow of Raiders icon Al Davis.

A reporter asked directly about running back Marshawn Lynch, and Gruden revealed he never held a conversation with the 31-year old back.

"We need to get through this day, lock the doors and get to work", he said. "And by far to get Jon Gruden was the toughest". It's just hard to imagine that was the primary motivation for Davis when you consider Gruden's time away from the game and most recent sample size on the sidelines. "I firmly believe that", Plunkett said of Gruden.

I think with (offensive coordinator) Greg Olson and his system, what we're going to put in place is going to demand a lot from him, and I think that's what is going to unlock the greatness in him. "[I'm] very, very excited to have him as our quarterback". Under Gruden the Raiders did have their best years yet it was short lived. Or jobs. Some years the rumours seemed legit, but Gruden always would come out eventually and announce he's happy to be out of coaching.

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.

Jon Gruden returns to Raiders to settle 'unfinished business'