Oakland Raiders: Jon Gruden says 'There is unfinished business'

Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin shown at left with former Michigan star Marlin Jackson is reportedly receiving interest from Oakland

Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin shown at left with former Michigan star Marlin Jackson is reportedly receiving interest from Oakland

In any case, Gruden's return to the Raiders is big news in football. Gannon became a Pro Bowler, and though he ultimately went on to win his lone MVP the year Gruden was traded to Tampa Bay, he credited his former coach with much of his success.

"I never wanted to leave the Raiders", said Gruden in his opening statement.

"I'm so thrilled to be back here", Gruden told reporters Tuesday. I hope people understand the emotion inside. Whoever it is, they'll embark on a mission with Gruden who has "unfinished business" with the Raiders.

"I feel a lot of responsibility to get the Raiders going again". The Raiders were staying in Sarasota, Fla., between games at Buffalo and Miami, and Davis went to seek counsel on how to fix a once-promising season gone awry. I think you have to be careful what you read because it's not as always true and it's not always positive.

"I started to believe it because it was a different conversation than we'd had in the past", Davis said. He said he thought he had been close four times before and the opportunity was finally right this year after more than a dozen cross-country recruiting trips to Tampa, Florida.

At any rate, the Raiders have some pretty clearly identified areas of need, and there are players that fit what they need in this year's draft. The team fell drastically short of the expectations, finishing the year 6-10, leading to the quick dismissal of Jack Del Rio. He's going to pick Carr's game apart before putting it back together, and Carr, a consummate professional on so many levels, is going to take that coaching and learn from it. Indeed, unlike Jeff Fisher, who may have been kept around with the Rams as long as he was namely to usher the move to L.A., Gruden, at least initially, won't worry about the relocation of the Raiders to Las Vegas in 2020. Davis said. "And by far, to get Jon Gruden was the toughest".

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One potential job for Del Rio is Gruden's old one as lead color commentator on "Monday Night Football".

That the union of Carr to Jon Gruden, in the mind of the guy who is paying each an exorbitant amount of money, has been brewing for some time. The previous season - 2016 - they won 12 games and made the playoffs. Though there is work to be done on that side of the ball for sure, the big knock on Del Rio is that his offense was rather stagnant this year, something that shouldn't have been the case with a pair of former first-round wide receivers and a quarterback who just received the largest contract in National Football League history.

"I'm already here! Listening to Jon got me fired up", said Jerry Rice. With the system we are going to put in place, it's going to demand a lot from him. "[I'm] very, very excited to have him as our quarterback". As well, 21 years ago the Raiders appointed the NFL's first female team CEO (Amy Trask).

Gruden said he has hired an offensive coordinator (Greg Olson), a defensive coordinator (Paul Guenther) and a special-teams coordinator (Rich Bisaccia).

Former Raiders great Rich Gannon is rumored to be the new quarterbacks coach, however, it is not official as of Tuesday afternoon. "He wants to play here and he wants to win a championship here". He isn't going to cry in a corner whenever he gets yelled at. But Chucky's going to come out.

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