Donald Penn compares Jon Gruden taking over Raiders to Steve Kerr taking over Warriors

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Oakland Raiders left tackle Donald Penn played for Jon Gruden for three years with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

In addition to that making Penn ancient by NFL standards, it also gives the veteran tackle a background on Gruden and the situation he’s walking into as the new/old coach of the Raiders. In an appearance on the NFL Network, Penn likened Gruden’s return to the Raiders to that of the NBA team that shares a parking lot at the Oakland Coliseum.

“I’m looking at it like, I joke with people, I look at it like Steve Kerr when he joined the (Golden State) Warriors,” Penn said. “Coach Gruden is coming into a great situation where he has a lot of pieces in place already. He’s not going to have to do too many things but tweak a couple of things here. Me knowing coach Gruden, his mentality, and his excitement and energy he’s going to bring, I don’t think there’s any coach in the NFL that brings that kind of excitement. You guys hear him on Monday night, you see how excited he is for football. So bringing that in, it’s going to trickle down through the building.”

Kerr replaced Mark Jackson as the Warriors head coach in 2014 after a pair of early playoff exits and has led Golden State to the NBA Finals in each of his first three seasons as head coach. The Warriors lead the Western Conference again this season and are well on their way to a fourth straight Finals appearance.

Penn believes the Raiders’ roster and the disappointment of a down season has Oakland poised for a big leap next year. He’s so confident he said he expected to be playing in the Divisional Round of the playoffs next January.

“I told him, I said, ‘Coach, you’re about to walk into a room full of hungry dogs that are hungry, mad and upset,'” Penn said. “We’re mad. We ain’t happy with the way we left last season. I’ve talked to the guys. I talked to Derek [Carr], I’ve talked to [Khalil] Mack. We’re not happy. We had our bar set high and we failed last year. So we know what we did and we have that mentality and we have that hungriness coming in this offseason to get it going and get back on track and coach Gruden is going to walk in to a bunch of hungry dogs.”

The Raiders will have to hope Gruden’s return to town goes better than that of the last coach to be compared to Steve Kerr in the Bay Area.

9 responses to “Donald Penn compares Jon Gruden taking over Raiders to Steve Kerr taking over Warriors

  1. Kerr replaced Mark Jackson as the Warriors head coach in 2014 after a pair of early playoff exits and has led Golden State to the NBA Finals in each of his first three seasons as head coach.
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    In one of which they blew a 3-1 lead!!!!

  2. Was Kerr ever comic relief for a broadcast team? The guy won one SB with an amazing defense against the team he’s now coaching. Now he’s the new messiah. He was barely over a .500 career coach. 2 7-9 seasons to end his last Raider stint.

  3. I don’t think Gruden is a savior by any means, this team needs some serious help that will take a couple of seasons to fix. Gruden’s last two seasons with the Raiders were 12-4 and 10-6 so I’m not sure where you came up with him going 7-9 twice with them. Maybe do some research before you post…

  4. Was Kerr ever comic relief for a broadcast team? The guy won one SB with an amazing defense against the team he’s now coaching. Now he’s the new messiah. He was barely over a .500 career coach. 2 7-9 seasons to end his last Raider stint.
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    Gruden coached 11 seasons, he had 4 seasons with 10 or more wins, he had 2 .500 seasons, 2 9-7 seasons, a 7-9 season a 4-12 and a 5-11. The two 8-8 seasons were Gruden’s first 2 with the Raiders when they were coming off a 4-12 season. The last 2 seasons in Oakland the Raiders lost in the AFC Championship and were tucked with an “F” in New England. In 7 seasons in Tampa, he won a Super Bowl and fielded mostly competitive teams with great QBs such as Brad Johnson, Brian Griese, Chris Simms, Tim Rattay Bruce Gradkowsi, Luke McCown and a very old Jeff Garcia. Out of that group of QBs, Brad Johnson was the best and he was merely average. He is not a savior but he is was a good, solid coach that got the most out of sub par QBs. Waiting to see what he can do with Carr who is easily the youngest and most talented QB he has ever had.

  5. Let’s take a closer look at Jon Gruden’s losing seasons shall we?

    2003: 7-9 – Lost 7 games by a touchdown or less – QB Johnson
    2004: 5-11 – Lost 8 games by a touchdown or less – QB Griese
    2006: 4-12 – Simply a terrible season, all but 2 games were essentially blowouts – QB Gradkowski

    Oh yeah, and he had his top 4 picks taken away from him as to acquire him. That could have an effect too.

  6. I’m not a Raiders fan but if the team can buy in and handle his criticism which shouldn’t be a problem, but is with today’s players, then the sky is the limit with Gruden and the Raiders. As a Jets fan John Morton would of been a steal for you guys, but fortunately for us he likes what he is building over here and has complete control over the offensive side of the football and the prospect of Alex Smith, Cousins, or a possible top rookie QB would elevate him into head coach talks.

  7. bigmark67 says:

    January 9, 2018 at 10:12 am

    Was Kerr ever comic relief for a broadcast team? The guy won one SB with an amazing defense against the team he’s now coaching. Now he’s the new messiah. He was barely over a .500 career coach. 2 7-9 seasons to end his last Raider stint.
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    Gruden coached 11 seasons, he had 4 seasons with 10 or more wins, he had 2 .500 seasons, 2 9-7 seasons, a 7-9 season a 4-12 and a 5-11. The two 8-8 seasons were Gruden’s first 2 with the Raiders when they were coming off a 4-12 season. The last 2 seasons in Oakland the Raiders lost in the AFC Championship and were tucked with an “F” in New England. In 7 seasons in Tampa, he won a Super Bowl and fielded mostly competitive teams with great QBs such as Brad Johnson, Brian Griese, Chris Simms, Tim Rattay Bruce Gradkowsi, Luke McCown and a very old Jeff Garcia. Out of that group of QBs, Brad Johnson was the best and he was merely average. He is not a savior but he is was a good, solid coach that got the most out of sub par QBs. Waiting to see what he can do with Carr who is easily the youngest and most talented QB he has ever had.

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    No one ever mentions his qb in Tampa when referring to his record or the fact the Buccs lost a ton of draft picks to acquire him. You have to love the non educated football fan

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