Jon Gruden’s back to coaching today, sort of

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Even though Jon Gruden has had three months to prepare for his first day of coaching actual Raiders players today, he’s going to actually ease into it today.

The Raiders are among the teams kicking off their offseason conditioning programs today, but he’s not going to be too fiery no matter how fired-up he is to begin again.

“There’s no reason to make a bunch of crazy speeches in April,” Gruden told Jerry McDonald of the Bay Area News Group. “We’re going to try and get ’em organized and start to build some relationships with each other and start to teach.”

Of course, for the first two weeks of the program, most of the work will be done by the strength and conditioning staff, with just a bit of work with assistant coaches to introduce players to their systems.

Gruden hasn’t coached a team of football players since his Buccaneers team lost to the Raiders on Dec. 28, 2008, which makes today a special one for him.

“I’m really excited,” Gruden said. “It’s been a long time. We’ve been here preparing for this day for so long. It will be limited, but we’ll put the boat in the water and it will be fun.”

Of course, watching him have to hold back might be the most entertaining part of it all, as he has 10 years of pent-up coaching that’s just dying to come out.

15 responses to “Jon Gruden’s back to coaching today, sort of

  1. When John Madden retired, we kind of always thought he’d back to coaching, but he never did. We’d hear all kinds of rumors and speculation for the first few years, and then it stopped. When Gruden retired, we thought he’d come back to coaching some day. Even though there’s been speculation every year, we had just about given up. In fact, I figured there’s no way he’d come back. He was making so much money doing TV, and there wasn’t any stress involved. His wife had to love it. But he was still grinding tape every day. He was watching all 32 teams, not just the one he was preparing to play. He’s been watching how all the new schemes are developing around the league, both on offense and defense. He’s been watching and evaluating assistant coaches and coordinators. He’s seen the way all 32 teams run their training camps and practices. He’s seen what different teams do when they’re traveling, etc. It’s like he’s been in a PHD program for 10 years. And then he started with the NFL draft coverage. He really got into evaluating the college players. He’s been able to see what college skill transfer to the NFL. That led him into the process of looking at the way teams structured and ran their personnel departments. He’s more prepared than any coach has ever been prepared to take over an NFL job. He’s also more prepared to be a G.M. than any has ever been. Gruden’s kids are grown up now, so they’re at a point in their lives where it will be fun. His wife is all in too. Mark Davis can sit back and put the Raiders on automatic pilot, and just let Gruden run the show. I think he already has. One more thing. Gruden watched how owners interfere too, and Mark Davis will let Gruden do his job. Jon Gruden is the perfect coach for Mark Davis and the Raiders.

  2. Hallelujah! The coaching messiah has returned but he’s about to find out that life was easier on TV and as the FFCA founder where he knew everything and never made a mistake.

  3. the haters will say “he won with Dungy’s” team, without mentioning that Gruden built a team that played in 2 AFC Championship games(should have been 3)and a super bowl. They also will mention his time in Tampa after the Super Bowl, but won’t say he had zero draft picks to work with because of the trade which brought him to Tampa. Funny none of these things ever get mentioned

  4. I don’t like tax payer subsidised stadiums, or teams leaving loyal fanbases.
    I’m glad the Raiders hired Gruden. The perfect coach to burn them out and go 7-9 for a long time. Hopefully he alienates Carr, getting little out of him.

  5. Gruden has a passion for the game of football. Always has. He will give it his very best every single day for the next ten years regardless of whatever success or failure comes his way. I can’t understand why anyone would want to dump on a guy like that.

    Eagles Fan

  6. The problem is Grudens style doesnt mesh well with a lot of these millennial and silver spoon fed kids. You will have a lot of new faces on this team after this season, Gruden is gonna wear a lot of them out that they will be looking for a change or he’s going to watch to change them out

    charliecharger says:
    April 9, 2018 at 8:08 am
    When John Madden retired, we kind of always thought he’d back to coaching, but he never did. We’d hear all kinds of rumors and speculation for the first few years, and then it stopped. When Gruden retired, we thought he’d come back to coaching some day. Even though there’s been speculation every year, we had just about given up. In fact, I figured there’s no way he’d come back. He was making so much money doing TV, and there wasn’t any stress involved. His wife had to love it. But he was still grinding tape every day. He was watching all 32 teams, not just the one he was preparing to play. He’s been watching how all the new schemes are developing around the league, both on offense and defense. He’s been watching and evaluating assistant coaches and coordinators. He’s seen the way all 32 teams run their training camps and practices. He’s seen what different teams do when they’re traveling, etc. It’s like he’s been in a PHD program for 10 years. And then he started with the NFL draft coverage. He really got into evaluating the college players. He’s been able to see what college skill transfer to the NFL. That led him into the process of looking at the way teams structured and ran their personnel departments. He’s more prepared than any coach has ever been prepared to take over an NFL job. He’s also more prepared to be a G.M. than any has ever been. Gruden’s kids are grown up now, so they’re at a point in their lives where it will be fun. His wife is all in too. Mark Davis can sit back and put the Raiders on automatic pilot, and just let Gruden run the show. I think he already has. One more thing. Gruden watched how owners interfere too, and Mark Davis will let Gruden do his job. Jon Gruden is the perfect coach for Mark Davis and the Raiders.

  7. uglydingo says:
    April 9, 2018 at 8:25 am
    Hallelujah! The coaching messiah has returned but he’s about to find out that life was easier on TV and as the FFCA founder where he knew everything and never made a mistake.
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    There’s the difference between you and Gruden – he’s actively engaging in a very difficult job and embracing that challenge. Easier is for average guys.

  8. “There’s no reason to make a bunch of crazy speeches in April,” Gruden told Jerry McDonald of the Bay Area News Group. “We’re going to try and get ’em organized and start to build some relationships with each other and start to teach.”

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    Interesting quote since it seems like Gruden has been yapping non-stop since he was hired and aside from a series of downgrading roster moves I’ve seen little actual evidence that he’s getting up to speed on actual coaching.

    But I guess a 10 mil. per year “coaching legend” (that no other team wanted) can’t possibly go wrong….or so that’s Son-of-Al’s bill of sales on this latest P.T. Barnum publicity stunt. I can’t see anything remotely positive about bringing Gruden back and I doubt that this will fly in Vegas where a winning product will be needed to draw crowds to the games. But the good news is that Son-of-Al might be forced to sell to a decent owner when he’s immersed in red ink and can’t pay off creditors.

  9. raidernation210 says:
    April 9, 2018 at 8:28 am

    the haters will say “he won with Dungy’s” team, without mentioning that Gruden built a team that played in 2 AFC Championship games(should have been 3)and a super bowl. They also will mention his time in Tampa after the Super Bowl, but won’t say he had zero draft picks to work with because of the trade which brought him to Tampa. Funny none of these things ever get mentioned

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    It can also be mentioned that Gruden didn’t post a winning record in his first Raider stint until his 3rd season (when he knew he’d be fired if he didn’t produce). In contrast, Art Shell in his first stint got the Raiders to the playoffs in his 2nd year. And Del Rio also got the Raiders to the playoffs in his 2nd year.

  10. araidersfan says:

    April 9, 2018 at 12:03 pm

    It can also be mentioned that Gruden didn’t post a winning record in his first Raider stint until his 3rd season (when he knew he’d be fired if he didn’t produce). In contrast, Art Shell in his first stint got the Raiders to the playoffs in his 2nd year. And Del Rio also got the Raiders to the playoffs in his 2nd year.
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    Al Davis drafted both P Lechler and K Janikowski in the same freaking draft in 2000. Try and win with decisions like that. lol And he did in 2000!

  11. silvernblacksabbath says:
    April 11, 2018 at 9:52 am

    araidersfan says:

    April 9, 2018 at 12:03 pm

    It can also be mentioned that Gruden didn’t post a winning record in his first Raider stint until his 3rd season (when he knew he’d be fired if he didn’t produce). In contrast, Art Shell in his first stint got the Raiders to the playoffs in his 2nd year. And Del Rio also got the Raiders to the playoffs in his 2nd year.
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    Al Davis drafted both P Lechler and K Janikowski in the same freaking draft in 2000. Try and win with decisions like that. lol And he did in 2000!

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    Those picks were in 2000 as you mentioned (and Lechler was a great pick). Gruden failed to post winning seasons in ’98 and ’99 (before the 2000 draft) despite the fact that Gannon made the Pro Bowl after the ’99 season. On the other hand, Art Shell in his first stint (after inheriting the Mike Shanahan mess) went 12-4 in his 2nd season despite the fact that his starting QB was Jay Schroeder.

    And as for Gruden’s draft prowess with the Raiders, he was behind such busts like Matt Stinchcomb and Marques Tuiasosopo.

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