Raiders hire Gruden for some reason

The Raiders have put together some info on their new coach.

The former ESPN broadcaster will circle the wagons back to an organization he never wanted to leave.

"Someone said I was insane", Gruden said as he was introduced at a news conference at the team's headquarters.

"Mark and I have been friends a long time", Gruden said. "I feel there's unfinished business", Gruden said. Davis spoke into the mic one more time.

"Mark came to me a few weeks ago and asked me if I had any intentions of coaching".

"I love the city of Oakland", Gruden said. I'm ready to roll.

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"We're not always going to agree". I'm at a point in my life where I need another challenge. But this place, this man [Davis] right here, has a lot to do with why I'm here today.

It could potentially lead to some hurt feelings and initial frustrations what many has described as brutal coaching methods. The question is, will Davis get the return on that investment he's looking for in Vegas? "I haven't won a game since 2008". I haven't lost any either. I don't know if that's possible. "Let's go win some championships now". I was also the biggest cheerleader in the league.

Beane said the Bills have spoken to Incognito and understand their player's side of the story from Buffalo's 10-3 loss to the Jaguars in an AFC wild-card playoff game Sunday. "I hope that still has a place in the National Football League".

But the duo did shed some insights.

If you're going to pay someone $100 million over 10 years, they get a hype video. "That would be the only reason why I would think about coaching". But I don't really know the terms. "I want to finish my coaching career as an Oakland Raider, and I can't wait to get started".

"Can you imagine Chucky in Las Vegas?" "He nearly made me want to put that uniform on again".

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And while the team is moving to Las Vegas in a couple of years from now, Gruden says he's excited to see his friends in the Black Hole again and make this team a victor here. There's no (salary) cap there. McKenzie said any decision on Lynch's status would come after a meeting with the new coaching staff.

Much like he met with Carr during the Gruden QB Camp prior to the NFL Draft, the feeling Gruden has for the 26-year-old ex-Fresno State star hasn't changed. Gruden cited Olson's experience coaching Raiders quarterback Derek Carr when he was the team's offensive coordinator in 2014. Gruden mentioned being responsible for what's said and compared a public post to spoken words on the mic.

"He has a great arm talent". He's been in a number of different systems ... There hasn't been a lot of continuity around him that way. He's healthy now. I think he's got a huge upside. "[I'm] very, very excited to have him as our quarterback". "That's what I've done for the last 14 years of my career". Yes, he plans on calling the plays.

Of course, getting a candidate to agree before you fire the current coach means anyone else that interviewed for the gig never actually had a chance at it. He is 1-7 against the Broncos while coaching the Raiders.

True or not, the theory became reality Tuesday.

GM Reggie McKenzie said the Raiders satisfied the rule. Gruden dealt with Al Davis back then, with Mark not involved in Raiders operations. "The names have already been reported ..."

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Gruden spent the last nine years as a TV analyst for "Monday Night Football", during which he said he tried to set up conversations with Lynch but was rebuffed. "He's gotten exposed to a lot of different things. It's been a while since the team has consistently performed at a high level". They're going to get him.


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