Jon Gruden: If I can’t get it done, I won’t take Raiders’ money

AP

Raiders owner Mark Davis is convinced Jon Gruden can get it done, having signed Gruden to a 10-year, $100 million contract. Gruden is convinced he can get it done.

Otherwise, Gruden insists he will work for free.

“If I can’t get it done, I’m not going to take their money,” Gruden told Jarrett Bell of USA Today Sports on Tuesday.

Of course, the one-time Super Bowl-winning coach doesn’t define what “get it done” means. Is it returning the Raiders to the postseason for only the second time in 16 seasons? Is it winning a playoff game for the first time since 2002, which was the last time the Raiders were in the Super Bowl? Or is it winning the Super Bowl for the first time since 1983?

But Gruden, 54, isn’t worried about the future beyond 2018. Despite having a 10-year contract, the former ESPN analyst is focused on the here and now.

“Who guarantees I’m going to live 10 years?” Gruden told Bell. “So I don’t think about that. You start thinking about a 10-year contract, people don’t know how it’s structured, and it doesn’t matter. The only thing that matters is, ‘Is Khalil Mack going to be here? Is Donald Penn going to be ready to play?’ I’ve got more important things to worry about than eight years of my contract.”

31 responses to “Jon Gruden: If I can’t get it done, I won’t take Raiders’ money

  1. Yeah, he will leave 100 million and just walk away.
    Not going to happen, even if he has a Hue Jackson career, not the Oakland 9-39 bad with Jackson. Not even the 1-31 Jackson record in Cleveland.
    That deal is as bad as Mark Davis’ haircut.

  2. The people who really know Gruden, and know what he’s putting together, have no doubt about his success. The rest of us are just guessing and/or hoping. Everyone has an opinion, and that’s one of the things that make pro sports so riveting. The excitement surrounding Gruden will, no doubt, help break another NFL revenue record. I’m all in on Jon Gruden and The Oakland Raiders! I’ve been watching this game for a long time, and Gruden is way ahead of the rest of the league. It’s not even close.

  3. Not worried about eight years of his contract…hmm…it’s for ten years. So he thinks two of them he’ll be around no matter what, no matter how bad the team plays this year…

  4. elrock7 says:
    July 24, 2018 at 7:46 pm
    off to a bad start when your best player doesn’t want to honor his very first contract

    Would that be the same way Von Miller didn’t want to honor his first contract when he held out?

  5. Gruden never had a losing season as a raiders coach…..and the early Vegas line is they wont have one this year either at 8 1/2 wins

  6. tylawblowncoverage says:
    July 24, 2018 at 8:26 pm
    elrock7 says:
    July 24, 2018 at 7:46 pm
    off to a bad start when your best player doesn’t want to honor his very first contract

    Would that be the same way Von Miller didn’t want to honor his first contract when he held out?

    GUYS ,I thought this was about a COACH ,not certain players

  7. I think Gruden will get it done. Now , a Super Bowl win within these 10 years. Remains to be seen. All I know is that I fully expect the Raiders will be prepared and ready to play on Sundays under Gruden. Al Davis saw something in this guy when he hired him years ago. He still has it. Should be interesting.

  8. At the very least the Raiders will be competitive, that’s what Gruden is all about, he’ll find stones under the stones to make it happen, take it that for granted

  9. And his only claim to fame is winning a SB when he knew all of the other teams plays. SMDH.

  10. This guy may be a crazy loon but I’d love to just invite him to a bon fire in my backyard and just let him tell us stories about Y2Banana.

  11. “If I can’t get it done, I’m not going to take their money,” Gruden told Jarrett Bell of USA Today Sports on Tuesday

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    Spoken like the used-car salesman that I equated Gruden with 20 years ago when he was high-fiving fans in the stadium while missing the playoffs his first 2 years. I never bought into his act at any point in time.

    IF Gruden is actually telling the truth and he revokes the guaranteed $$$ in the case that his tenure turns out to be a disaster then I’ll take back the negative things I’ve been saying about him since he was brought back. Hell, if I’m surprised and he’s actually successful, then I’ll also eat my words. But both of those scenarios are big “IF”‘s

  12. jjackwagon says:
    July 25, 2018 at 8:34 am

    And his only claim to fame is winning a SB when he knew all of the other teams plays. SMDH.

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    Gruden won that Super Bowl owing mainly to Barret Robbins’ unfortunate breakdown on the eve of the game which doomed Oakland. Robbins was a Pro Bowler and the anchor of the Raiders’ o-line. The Raiders were going to surprise Gruden with a run-oriented attack in the Super Bowl and I doubt that Gruden would’ve been able to cope with that. However with Robbins gone, the Raiders had to revert back to the dink-and-dunk game and Adam Treu as Robbins replacement was a massive downgrade.

  13. He’ll probably sue for the balance of that ridiculous contract after he’s fired next season.

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