Raiders coach Jon Gruden announces hiring of Greg Olson as offensive coordinator

Raiders coach Jon Gruden announces hiring of Greg Olson as offensive coordinator

He'll add to the personnel department around trusted general manager Reggie McKenzie.

"No", he said. "We've stolen his plays, so that's more what it is".

"He came back to the Raiders for a similar reason that I did", Gruden said. "This is something I feel strongly about".

"Raider Nation", Davis began. There hasn't been a press conference this big in the Bay Area since Kevin Durant signed with the Golden State Warriors.

The Oakland Raiders recaptured their past and present in one move Tuesday afternoon. Even some of Gruden's former players, including Rich Gannon, Tim Brown, Jerry Rice and Charles Woodson, came to the press conference to welcome Gruden back. Woodson asked as the crowd erupted in laughter. Quick side note, Karl Joseph and Marquette King were spotted around the facility as well doing off-season workouts. He made jokes, reconnected with reporters from his first tour in Oakland and engaged his former players in attendance.

Of course, as Williamson noted, a return to coaching is also possible for Oakland's former head coach.

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17 years later he is back with the Raiders. If it wasn't about making Gruden the head coach, the conversations were always centered on what can be done to make the team better. It followed a 12-4 record in 2016 that produced the franchise's first playoff appearance since 2002. It's just hard to imagine that was the primary motivation for Davis when you consider Gruden's time away from the game and most recent sample size on the sidelines. "And that I think was the important part of it. Getting to know the family and the family believing in the Raiders, believing in me, believing in (president) Marc Badain, (director of football administration) Tom Delaney.we went down there with computers and everything else to help try to convince him that the Raiders organization is where he should be".

"I've been thinking of a lot of plays", Gruden said. I like being with the quarterbacks, I like calling the plays.

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Davis said. "And by far to get Jon Gruden was the toughest". "I think he's proven that and it's up to us as a coaching staff to improve around him". He's probably going to win. So I have faith in him.

"It was a 6-year dance", Davis said Tuesday. However, the Raiders head coach flipped the perspective and talked about how his experience could also help him.

But the timing was right.

"We need to get through this day, lock the doors and get to work", he said. He's been offered coaching gigs throughout his broadcasting career, only to turn them all down. A hefty price for a head coach that has been out of the league for nine years, but it was one that Mark Davis was willing to pay. But his heart was in only one place. "I really haven't. I'm not a real deep philosophical person". "I feel a lot of loyalty and responsibility to get the Raiders going again". It's been a while since we've consistently performed at a high level ...

"I'd just like to thank Mark Davis and Mrs. Davis for this opportunity", Gruden said, referencing Mark's mother, Carole, the widow of Raiders icon Al Davis.

While I can't wait to see what Gruden brings to Oakland in 2018, I do admit I'm going to miss his Monday Night Football gems like Spider 2 Y Banana.

A few fans I spoke with before the presser spread the idea of removing the tarps from home games and selling those tickets. "He's going to take them to Vegas and he's going to spark there, but this was a big business decision by Mark Davis". They won only six games.

In another move, Gruden's son, Deuce Gruden, is leaving his job with uncle Jay Gruden and the Redskins to join his father in Oakland, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

And he is right. Gruden highlighted Olson's rapport with Carr from 2013, when the quarterback was a second-round rookie and Olson was in his second of two seasons as Raiders coordinator.

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