Can a team hire a new coach without firing its current coach?

Saturday, 13 Jan, 2018

Jon Gruden has returned to the Oakland Raiders after leaving the team in 2001. During that tenure, Gruden was the first coach to take the team to a 12-4 season winning their first division title since 1990.

It was a trade that would alter the course for the Oakland Raiders.

It's never to early to look at the next year's Super Bowl odds, and one of the teams that will garner a ton of attention is the Oakland Raiders.

"This is an organization I want to be a part of", Gruden said. "I really haven't. I'm not a real deep philosophical person". "I just really want to be a part of the Raiders again and I want to finish my coaching career as an Oakland Raider". It's been a while since we've consistently performed at a high level ... "I'm a real short-term, goal-oriented coach".

"We're not always going to agree".

Davis blazed a nice trail between bays, from San Francisco to Tampa (with a stop in Dallas). However, the Raiders head coach flipped the perspective and talked about how his experience could also help him.

When Gruden was ultimately ready, Davis fired Del Rio and swooped.

The Raiders almost got there in Gruden's first stint from 1998-2001, but the team lost to Baltimore in the 2000 AFC title game and followed that with the memorable loss in the snow against the Patriots that still haunts the franchise.

"I don't know if you would say Jon Gruden is an instant elite National Football League coach again". - Jon Gruden, on Marshawn Lynch. Gruden said that's exactly right. "And by far to get Jon Gruden was the toughest". "There will be a bit of adjustment for him when he returns to the sideline".

Gruden didn't entirely throw Jack Del Rio or Todd Downing under the bus for the ex-coach's ill-advised switch from Bill Musgrave to Downing last offseason, or Downing's failure to build a competent scheme for Derek Carr. At the very least, the Raiders' owner doesn't have to fly back and forth across the country anymore, trying to convince Gruden to come back.

Gruden says he met with Carr the morning of the press conference and has already thought of some new plays to call. "And I think that's the great thing about being here is we're going to be united, we're going to work hard, and we're going to assemble the best team possible". So, I'm not sure why he's considered some quarterback genius.

Gruden said he has hired an offensive coordinator (Greg Olson), a defensive coordinator (Paul Guenther) and a special-teams coordinator (Rich Bisaccia).

Gruden - who has been nicknamed Chucky due to a resemblance to the main character in the "Child's Play" horror movie series - had been a television analyst with ESPN since 2009 before returning to the Raiders.

At the press conference were former Raiders, such as Charles Woodson, Jim Plunkett, Howie Long, Cliff Branch, Rich Gannon, Jerry Rice, Tim Brown, Jim Otto, Sanger native Tom Flores and many others.

It's a pretty huge gamble, financially, but Davis didn't seem to flinch at the big dollars: "To me, the money doesn't come into play at all". They're going to get him. Players and coaches were coming and going.