Raiders Hire Jon Gruden As Head Coach

It’s officially official. The Raiders have announced that Jon Gruden is their new head coach. They’ll (re) introduce Gruden to Oakland media in a Tuesday press conference.

 

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16 comments on “Raiders Hire Jon Gruden As Head Coach

  1. Kenleyfornia74

    The money is fine. The years is a little crazy. 10 years is a long time to commit to someone

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    • lucienbel
      lucienbel

      I agree, especially with how many NFL teams are moving on from coaches every 2-3 years. 10 years might not be bad once you know what you have, but Gruden hasn’t been on a football field calling the shots in a while. Seems like an incredibly long commitment to someone who doesn’t have a body of work to show in the last decade.

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      • WubbaLubbaDubDub

        It depends on how the contract is written.

        I would be surprised if Gruden received 10 *guaranteed* years. Unless otherwise indicated in a given contract, the default rule is that if fired for cause, the fired person no longer receives the benefit of the bargain —meaning, whatever compensation was promised in the contract.

        Maybe his agent was shrewd enough to negotiate 10 guaranteed years, regardless of any potential cause of termination. But that seems unlikely, especially in the NFL.

        Baseball contracts (player, but also managerial) tend to have much more in the way of guaranteed money. In the NFL, people are much more like chattel… “We promise to provide you with $xxxxx.xx for your services; however, if you don’t perform your duties in a way that perfectly conforms to our expectations, we can terminate you, at our sole discretion, and owe nothing more to you (in terms of consideration (payment) in exchange for services (playing/coaching/etc)).”

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    • ships1941

      When he doesn’t produce they’ll just kick him upstairs.
      Too long to be away from the day to day operation.
      Glad he’s leaving, he’s horrible on MNF.

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    • Ironman_4life

      It’s like getting married you know it’s not gonna work for 10 years

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  2. afsooner02

    I’ll admit I said he wasn’t coming. Here to eat crow. Dunno if he’s worth 100 mil for 10 years but it’ll be interesting to find out.

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  3. txjags

    Don’t let this distract you from the fact that in 1966, Al Bundy scored four touchdowns in a single game while playing for the Polk High School Panthers in the 1966 city championship game versus Andrew Johnson High School, including the game-winning touchdown in the final seconds against his old nemesis, Bubba “Spare Tire” Dixon.

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    • WubbaLubbaDubDub

      In multiple threads!!! You’re having a good Saturday night. I salute you.

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      • brucewayne

        Me 2! With 1 middle finger! Stupid fn posts! Such a waste of space!

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  4. padam

    At 10/100M, I wonder what this is going to do to the coaching landscape going forward.

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  5. madmanTX

    Good. Now, I don’t have to listen to him on tv anymore. Thank you, Raiders!

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  6. Thronson5

    10 years means nothing…they can fire him or promote him to another position with the team anytime they want. If there’s one thing I’ve learned with the NFL is owner and or GMs are not afraid to get out of a contract no matter what the contract looks like if they’ve decided it was time to.

    I like the hire of Gruden, big fan of his as coach and as a analyst. I was a fan of Del Rio but with the opportunity to hire Gruden I can see why they moved. Not only is this a smart football move but a smart business move with keeping the fans interested until they move out of Oakland to Vegas. Very excited to see what he can do with that roster that is very talented. The only real concern I have is how he will work the GM there, not concerned with him being away from coaching for so long.

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  7. beisbol1976

    But Raiders can’t pay for their own stadium… smh (Nevada resident)

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  8. Realtexan

    Makes one wonder if this means a return for Tony Romo?????

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