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Raiders giving 10-year deal to Gruden

Raiders giving 10-year deal to Gruden

Gruden, who coached Oakland from 1998 to 2001 and has been working as an ESPN analyst, is returning to the Raiders to replace Jack Del Rio, who after the regular-season finale Sunday.

"I told Coach Gruden that he's about to walk into a room full of hungry dogs", Penn said. We aren't okay with how we played last season. I talked to Derek [Carr], I've talked to [Khalil] Mack.

Perhaps fittingly, Gruden's last Monday Night Football broadcast came in Kansas City, the home of the Raiders' biggest division rival. "We had our bar set high, and we failed to reach it".

But the National Football League has evolved significantly since Gruden was last in it and to throw such outlay at a coach who has only gone to the playoffs in five of his 11 seasons as a head coach is a substantial gamble that could backfire significantly for a franchise looking for success, stability and good PR heading into the relocation to Las Vegas in 2019 or 2020.

The Golden State Warriors had the pieces - Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green - but couldn't get it done in the playoffs with Mark Jackson running the show.




While Tee Martin may not have been able to secure an interview for Tennessee's head coaching position, not even from his former coach and current UT AD Phillip Fulmer, the USC co-offensive coordinator did reportedly manage to land an interview for the opening with the Oakland Raiders.

"I'm looking at it like, I joke with people, I look at it like Steve Kerr when he joined the Warriors", Penn said on NFL Total Access on Monday.

But do the numbers back up the Raiders' decision to hand him such a lucrative deal? He's not going to have to do too many things but tweak a couple of things here. "So bringing that in, it's going to trickle down through the building".

While Gruden has clearly stayed around the game as a broadcaster on ESPN, he still hasn't been a head coach in the league since 2008.


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