The Raiders were 5-3 against the Chiefs during Gruden's initial four-year run in Oakland, including three straight victories at Arrowhead Stadium.
Gruden was introduced as the new Raiders head coach.
"I just, in my heart, feel this is the thing I want to do", he said. I hope people understand the emotion inside. "This is something I feel deeply, strongly about, and I am going to do everything I can to hire a great coaching staff and put the Raiders back on track". "It's up to us.to come up with an offense that allows him to soar to another level". There were points that they looked like juggernauts and times where they just looked flat, and the end result after an opening-round playoff loss is going to see Alex Smith either benched or traded.
Davis expanded Tuesday. He said that Gruden becoming available might have led him to change coaches regardless of how the team performed in 2017.
"We're going to have to look at our roster carefully", he said. But he's got a good look and has continually been in the National Football League as a player or coach since 1985. "I think he loves the Raiders and guys like him interest me, so I'm looking forward to talking to him".
Long expressed confidence that Davis and Raiders president Marc Badain will have a plan in place to ease the Vegas transition for Gruden and the franchise.
Gruden, reported to have signed a 10-year, $100 million contract with Oakland, will work with McKenzie, the general manager on personnel moves. "I want to finish my coaching career as an Oakland Raider, and I can't wait to get started".
As for phase two, the move to Las Vegas, will Gruden's presence really have that much of an impact in 2020?
A reporter asked directly about running back Marshawn Lynch, and Gruden revealed he never held a conversation with the 31-year old back. "As Jon said, and it was a great comment, you get what you deserve". "And by far to get Jon Gruden was the toughest".
Woodson, who not only played for Gruden but also worked with him as part of ESPN's Monday Night Football broadcasting crew, even got a question in during the introduction. He said he's eager to take over a team with a promising young quarterback in Carr. It followed a 12-4 record in 2016 that produced the franchise's first playoff appearance since 2002.
There is this theory floating around the Raiders that one very big contract was offered to precipitate the signing of another, that owner Mark Davis awarded quarterback Derek Carr a nine-figure deal last offseason with the intention of eventually offering another to the man he wanted to coach him.
"But over the last six years, I've really gotten to know Jon and his family", Mark Davis said. Gruden dealt with Al Davis back then, with Mark not involved in Raiders operations.
He also confirmed former Cincinnati Bengals defensive assistant Paul Guenther, former Los Angeles Rams quarterbacks coach Greg Olson and former Dallas Cowboys special teams coach Rich Bisaccia will join him as coordinators.
Gruden brings intensity to the sideline and the meeting rooms that made him a fan favorite in his first stint, earning him the nickname "Chucky" after the character in the 1980s slasher movie "Child's Play".
There has been a video shared around the internet in recent days of when Carr met Gruden during the coach's television "QB Camp" before the 2014 draft. "Let's go win some championships now".