Chucky is officially back in the NFL. The Oakland Raiders pulled out the bag and Jon Gruden secured it. To the tune of $100 million dollars. You know, light work.
In his first sit-down interview as the head coach of Raider Nation, Jon couldn’t even explain the feeling he got when he walked through those stadium doors again. “It’s a weird life,” he said.
Gruden spoke on the tradition of great players that have put the silver and black on for the franchise and says he has a lot of work to do. He is demanding more from Derek Carr, mentioning the fact that he has to be like Peyton Manning and Drew Brees. He needs to make the decisions at the line of scrimmage.
He is unsure of how long he’s going to last with the team (his current deal expires in 10 years) or his life, but promises to give it his best shot.
Interestingly, he talked about traveling to various stadiums, cities and organizations throughout his broadcasting career and how that could be used as an asset in the future. He has learned a lot from coaches and players around the league and in this second chance with Oakland, he realizes the game is different, so he has to be different.
Watch more of his conversation with ESPN up top.