Thursday, 18 January, 2018

Jon Gruden Officially Announced as New Raiders Head Coach

Report Reggie Mc Kenzie declined interview offer with Packers Report Reggie Mc Kenzie declined interview offer with Packers
Elias Hubbard | 07 January, 2018, 06:13

The defense struggled mightily before a late-season switch from fired coordinator Ken Norton Jr.to play-caller John Pagano.

Regardless, Gruden is a terrific offensive mind and he has only gotten more knowledgeable since stepping away from coaching. He last coached in the National Football League in the 2008 season for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Prior to kickoff, broadcasting partner Sean McDonough congratulated Gruden on taking the Oakland Raiders' head coaching job. Good luck with the Oakland Raiders. Brown was sacked by owner Art Modell following the 1962 season.

Monday, the Packers announced that longtime general manager Ted Thompson would be transitioning to a new role with the team as its senior advisor to football operations leaving the door open for a potential McKenzie return.

A top priority for Oakland's next head coach will be re-establishing Carr, who struggled this past season.

There's no guarantee yet that Gruden and the Raiders will link up, 17 years after he led them to an AFC Championship Game and 15 years after he led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to victory in Super Bowl XXXVIII against Oakland. Vermeil retired again after that title only to return to coaching in 2001 with Kansas City. Those coaches combined for a.359 winning percentage (92-164) and two playoff appearances.

The NFL club took to Twitter on Saturday afternoon to offer its former coach a 'welcome back'. He shocked the team when he retired two months after the end of the 1992 season and spent the ensuing years as an announcer and a NASCAR team owner.

This would not mark the first time the Raiders brought back a coach for a second stint. The team went 30-34 in his four seasons, making the playoffs twice and winning one game before retiring again.

One has to wonder however, if the game has passed Gruden by. Shell went 2-14 that season and was sacked after one year. The tenure was a disaster from the start as players didn't respond to Shell and his systems were outdated.

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