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Raiders nearly hired Belichick in '98

Here’s an intriguing nugget from Al Davis’ remarks at Saturday night’s press conference introducing defensive lineman Richard Seymour as a member of the team.

Davis nearly hired Bill Belichick to coach the Raiders a decade ago.

Per David White of the San Francisco Chronicle, Davis said that Raiders CEO Amy Trask wanted to hire Belichick, but that Davis wanted to hire Jon Gruden.

And so Gruden was hired.

The following year, Belichick landed with the Patriots, and won a Super Bowl the next year, knocking the Raiders out of the playoffs via the infamous snow globe tuck rule game. 

The next year, Gruden was essentially traded to the Buccaneers.  He took to Bucs to the Super Bowl, where they beat the Raiders.

[UPDATE:  The original title of this post mentioned that Belichick was nearly hired in 1999.  We used that year because that was the one mentioned by Al Davis during his press conference, as reported by David White of the San Francisco Chronicle.  Actually, Gruden was hired in 1998.]

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39 Responses to “Raiders nearly hired Belichick in '98”
  1. raiderrob21 says: Sep 13, 2009 12:28 AM

    Here you go Florio wanna change your stance??????
    http://player.theplatform.com/ps/player/pds/4W6pghHzhl?pid=33nhEE6tBWW8ZzQta7BX17ouGTF_eK_P

  2. svn says: Sep 13, 2009 12:28 AM

    this is old news. belichick has talked about his interview with davis countless times over the yrs. no scoop here

  3. JohnnyWaddProd. says: Sep 13, 2009 12:30 AM

    Wow, you’re quick Florio. Did nobody know this information? How in the hell did you get a job as a reporter Florio? Jesus Christ….I’m in the wrong business. Why in the hell did I work so hard to get an MBA…I could’ve just been a reporter and reported news that was like…oh, 10 years old.

  4. kcchiefs says: Sep 13, 2009 12:31 AM

    Doesn’t matter, they would have fired him in 2000. Next topic.

  5. DildoBaggins says: Sep 13, 2009 12:34 AM

    I don’t think the Raiders would have made it regardless; Belichick has control in NE, he would not have that in Oakland.
    I think part of Belichick’s success can be partly attributed to a “succeed where the master failed” concept of stepping out from Parcell’s shadow. Most people forget the dismal failure Bill was in Cleveland.

  6. Reaper says: Sep 13, 2009 12:39 AM

    What is your obsession with the Raiders? What’s up with you putting a negative spin on every story involving the Raiders? It’s starting to make you sound silly. I come here because I enjoy you comical spin on a variety of stories and its an easy place to find out what is going on around the league, but you are starting to get annoying with your Raider hating. I guess I just want to know why you are spending so much time bad mouthing them?

  7. Vet735 says: Sep 13, 2009 12:41 AM

    If the CEO wanted Belichick but Davis wanted to hire Gruden, then there is no “almost hired Belichick.”
    That’s like saying that Mondale was almost elected because the people of Minnesota wanted him but then 49 other states just decided to go with Reagan and that’s what we got. The CEO, like Minnesota in 1984, is irrelevant.
    Almost hiring Belichick means thatAl Davis decided to hire him but negotiations broke down when Belichick demanded an extra large assortment of hoodies and a case of Mike Florio hair spooge.

  8. lezmaka says: Sep 13, 2009 12:42 AM

    Yep, Al Davis sure knows what he’s doing!
    Let’s see
    1. Ignore the advice of your CEO
    2. Get beat in the playoffs by the guy you were told to hire but didn’t
    3. Get rid of coach with a winning record
    4. Get beat in the Super Bowl by the guy you got rid of
    Sure he got a lot of draft picks and cash for Gruden, but it sure hasn’t helped the team’s performance.

  9. ragin40 says: Sep 13, 2009 12:44 AM

    You mean like herm Edwards?

  10. Alpheratz says: Sep 13, 2009 12:46 AM

    Doesn’t matter, they would have fired him in 2000.
    Exactly what I was about to say.

  11. robito says: Sep 13, 2009 12:47 AM

    the more you guys comment on faglio, the more you herlp him

  12. elroy says: Sep 13, 2009 1:06 AM

    Gruden was hired in 98, not 99.
    Semi off topic (this has nothing to do with the Gruden error), but for someone that writes alot about football, Mr. Florio really knows nothing about it.

  13. 0tt0 says: Sep 13, 2009 1:22 AM

    florio recycles old news just to get his hit count up on this site…more hits..more $$$…thats why he likes to fire up raider fans…cause they respond…
    if florio said something bad about the lions he might get 1 hit

  14. Tdk24 says: Sep 13, 2009 1:27 AM

    If it’s any consolation, Trask will take over the Raiders after Mr. Davis.
    And Florio, we Raider fans like to refer to the tuck game as “The Snow Job”.

  15. Dan Mateus says: Sep 13, 2009 1:31 AM

    limp wristed tool.

  16. Brewster says: Sep 13, 2009 1:35 AM

    Raiders nearly hired Belichick in ’99
    Posted by Mike Florio on September 13, 2009 12:19 AM ET
    Davis nearly hired Bill Belichick to coach the Raiders a decade ago.
    Per David White of the San Francisco Chronicle, Davis said that Raiders CEO Amy Trask wanted to hire Belichick, but that Davis wanted to hire Jon Gruden.
    ___________
    Florio, that’s a lame and misleading headline.
    What the hell difference does it make if Amy Trask or any of Al’s other underlings want to suggest he hire someone?
    He listens to no one on his staff, and to lead this story with that headline is absolute nonsense.
    They nearly hired me too as head coach in 99, I was about as close to getting hired as Bellicheck..

  17. tmj says: Sep 13, 2009 2:40 AM

    Come on haters, give Florio a break. All PFT did was report a story from a press conference in which Davis mentioned possibly hiring Belichick years ago. PFT is simply linking what SFgate reported. Even if you claim to know all the minute details I’m sure there are a lot of fans that don’t – therefore making it worth posting here. You guys really need to learn to relax.

  18. firesnake says: Sep 13, 2009 4:56 AM

    So now we know that Gruden runs a faster 40 time than Belichick …

  19. firesnake says: Sep 13, 2009 4:57 AM

    @DildoBaggins
    Belichick surely wasn’t a “dismail failure” in Cleveland …

  20. Krow says: Sep 13, 2009 6:40 AM

    Parcells rode Belichick… not the other way ’round. Parcells has made quite a career off his years with the Giants. He goes to struggling franchises with lots of cap space and high picks. Almost ‘can’t lose’ propositions. He raises them to respectability… then moves on to the next similar situation. He crawls out the bathroom window before the check comes to the table.
    The only long term success he’s had was with the Giants… who won on defense. Belichick’s defense. Do the math.

  21. Quagmire says: Sep 13, 2009 7:16 AM

    His record at Cleveland was 36 & 44, his 1 st year in NE was 5 & 11.
    His record improved a whole lot off after starting Tom Brady.
    Is he a genius? Or did he just get really lucky with the quarterback he drafted with the 199th pick of the 2000 draft.

  22. Dawn says: Sep 13, 2009 7:16 AM

    Dildo said “I think part of Belichick’s success can be partly attributed to a “succeed where the master failed” concept of stepping out from Parcell’s shadow. Most people forget the dismal failure Bill was in Cleveland.”
    There are so many comments that can be said to poke holes in your statements, I don’t even know where to begin.

  23. Joe in Toronto, Canada says: Sep 13, 2009 7:22 AM

    Seymour “always wanted to be a Raider” and now he’s home.
    Go get em, Richard.

  24. slipkid says: Sep 13, 2009 7:58 AM

    they just would have ruined him then traded him to detroit for some of millen’s old sweat socks.

  25. nvh65 says: Sep 13, 2009 8:20 AM

    I’m English, live in the UK and I’m not a fan of either team and I knew this.
    Makes me feel good.

  26. slipkid says: Sep 13, 2009 8:27 AM

    part of belichick’s failure in cleveland was that art modell (immortalized in bernie parrish’s ‘they call it a game’, and not in a good way) lied his way out of town.
    after a 4-4 start, the browns won their home closer. and that was it. cause then it was obvious they were leaving.
    kind of hard to succeed in a circus like that. belichick was probably glad he was fired after that.

  27. Joe in Toronto, Canada says: Sep 13, 2009 8:30 AM

    Q: Want a long-term deal or content to play it out?
    Davis: He has an agent, I can assure you. Everyone knows his agent . . . don’t worry about things that don’t concern you.
    Seymour: That’s my answer.
    ======================================
    lol, classic Al Davis, gotta love it.

  28. southpaw330 says: Sep 13, 2009 8:39 AM

    Considering Gruden was hired in 1998. I question the accuracy of this post. Belichick did interview for the Oakland job in 1997 but lost out to Joe Bugel. You might want to do your homework before posting inaccuracies.

  29. southpaw330 says: Sep 13, 2009 9:00 AM

    Florio is reporting on the NFL. If he wants to run a website for fans to get information, everything he posts has to be absolutely perfect. One inaccuracy discredits the entire operation. He should be doing meticulous homework every time he thinks about putting something up on the rumor mill. This has been the undoing of ESPN and I’ve been hammering ESPN for years demanding perfection in their reporting, telling them they should just drop out of the business. I’ve always said, when reporting you can never afford to make even a minute error, everything has to be perfect. If Florio wants to go down that road, then let him. Based on this, I think it’s time for him to shut down the website.

  30. PFTiswhatitis says: Sep 13, 2009 9:15 AM

    Nobody ever siad Raider Nation was smart.

  31. steeler-hater says: Sep 13, 2009 9:21 AM

    I get a little tired of everyone praising Bill Belichick (or is it “Belicheat”?). He is NOT some big “genius” like many people (including himself) would have you believe.
    The man didn’t do squat for the Browns when he was in charge. Had he fixed THAT mess then maybe you could call him a genius.
    As for his “success” in New England, let’s not forget the many stories of him and his teams either bending the rules or outright breaking the rules.
    “Geniuses” don’t need to cheat to achieve greatness. Belichick’s long record of underhanded tricks and outright breaking of rules is well known. Only those drinking the Patsys koolaid or those who don’t pay close attention think this man’s Einstein.
    The Spygate story is no different than taking tests in school. Any student can look like a freakin’ genius on a test if he cheats to get the right answers. It’s no different than the Patsys dubious use of illegal videotaping.
    The part of the whole Spygate saga I love the most is listening to Patsy fans claim that the use of those tapes gave their team no advantage.Whenever they claim that, I always ask them the same question for which they never have any good answer for:
    “If the Patsys got no advantage at all from taping the opponents the way they did then why did they bother to do so?”. Is it because they liked to waste time & money & also take the risk of breaking the well known NFL policy on this sort of thing? Everyone in the NFL knows the rules and the punishments for this sort of spying. Why risk it at all if there was no benefit or advantage to it?
    Like I said, Patsy fans never have a good response to that question… mainly because the only answer is that they were getting an unfair advantage from doing it and they knew only too well what they were doing and why. If they didn’t, they wouldn’t have been doing it in the first place…

  32. tj.52 says: Sep 13, 2009 9:26 AM

    I’m sure Belichick laments the day the Raiders decided not to hire him. (extreme sarcasm)
    Al Davis sounds like a senile bumbling jackass in his press conference. I’d feel bad for Raiders fans if I didn’t know a few of them.
    I think as a sports writer the lesson to take from this experience would be: NEVER take a quote from Al Davis and treat it as if it is accurate, because you will end up looking like a fool. (like Al Davis)
    BTW, from the “I’m screwed” look in his eyes at his press conference, I’ll bet Seymour has a new prized possession – his countdown to week 17 calendar.
    For the Raiders fans out there: All the “tuck rule” ever gave us (patriots fans) was a 2nd and 10, down by three with less than 15 minutes to go. We took the rest.

  33. EskinSux says: Sep 13, 2009 9:28 AM

    southpaw330 says:
    September 13, 2009 9:00 AM
    ————————————————
    This has been the undoing of ESPN and I’ve been hammering ESPN for years demanding perfection in their reporting, telling them they should just drop out of the business. I’ve always said, when reporting you can never afford to make even a minute error, everything has to be perfect. If Florio wants to go down that road, then let him. Based on this, I think it’s time for him to shut down the website.
    —————————————-
    Is this for real, or are you just talking to hear yourself think?….So, ESPN didn’t take your wise advice and drop out of the business?.Do they even realize you have “hammered” them?…Damn, what a shock. And i guess when Florio gets up from falling out of the chair from laughter, he may just hang in there a bit…This is some funny shit here….

  34. JustDieBaby says: Sep 13, 2009 9:56 AM

    Al Davis is a Clueless drooling Retard who has done nothing but fail the last two decades. He should have a brown bag placed over his bronze bust in Canton. Or let us Raider fans get free ones so we can barf Monday night at the latest lame team he put on the field this year.
    The reporters should ask Davis when hes stepping down so the Raiders have a chance of winning again.
    Most seasons in a row 11 plus loses. Only 3 winning seasons the last 15 going on 16 years. Only 7 winning seasons since 85. The horrible free agents, puppet coaches, draft picks because of a 40 time. To show the latest example how out of it Davis is. After his press conference he talked about how “great” dhBUST is going to be. “Commitment To Excrement” should be the motto. Or “Al Should Be Commited”. He is a Joke.
    “The Greatness Of The Raiders Is In Its Future”. Yes the future that has no part of any Davis (Al or Mark his son) in it.

  35. shaslers says: Sep 13, 2009 10:06 AM

    Florio,
    I for one didn’t know, or had forgotten what Al Davis did or didn’t do 11 years ago. It’s hard to keep track of all the Raiders’ screw ups. Apparently it’s hard for Al too, since he is the one who first claimed the hiring nearly took place in ’99.
    I read this site for interesting tid-bits, and this qualifies. If fans of certain teams, including mine, get bent out of shape, so be it. I also read here for all the assholes who need to comment on your negative items by nit-picking meaningless facts, or the always-classic, “Florio, this is more proof of your agenda to hate on the “_____ers.”
    Hey, this is the rumor section. A handful of stories are going to concern which player might be traded/drafted/injured. But the majority of stories will be negative, behind-the-scenes stuff that the teams would rather not have known. Isn’t that what rumors are? What do people come here expecting to read?

  36. Silver&Black666 says: Sep 13, 2009 10:55 AM

    Watching all of you trying to respond to this article is like watching a homeless man defecate on the sidewalk.
    Yes Amy Trask has a lot of pull with Al, to say she doesn’t shows your ignorance to the Raider organization.
    MOST importantly Al Davis said that Bill Bellicheat had to ask Kraft for permission to trade Seymour.
    Then Al Davis remarked “I thought it was only in Oakland where a coach had to ask an owner for permission to do something.”

  37. Dryheave says: Sep 13, 2009 11:22 AM

    yeah sure… Davis can’t remember what he did 5 minutes ago…….people with alzheimers say all sorts of crazy things

  38. Silver&Black666 says: Sep 13, 2009 12:00 PM

    Dryheave
    Got his name from changing Al Davis’s adult diapers.

  39. Ryan35 says: Sep 14, 2009 6:57 PM

    “JustDieBaby”
    Don’t even claim to be a Raider fan, youre pathetic.

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