Jon Gruden has 'a lot to prove' upon Raiders return
The Oakland Raiders introduced Jon Gruden on Tuesday and the emotional head coach stated "I'm here and I'm ready to get to work".
"Once a Raider, always a Raider. Never been more appropriate than today."
That's how Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis introduced Jon Gruden on Tuesday for his second stint as the team's head coach.
After a video montage of his first tenure, Gruden told a room packed with reporters and former players how excited he was to have another opportunity.
"Obviously this is very emotional for me. I never wanted to leave the Raiders. I never thought I'd be back. But here I am and I'm ready to get to work," Gruden said.
"I love football, I love the players that play it and I love the journey."
The Raiders touted Gruden's hire as "unfinished business” after he went 38-26 in four seasons as the team's coach from 1998-2001.
Gruden was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before the 2002 season and at the end of his first year defeated the Raiders in Super Bowl 37.
He spent seven years as the Bucs coach but was fired after a 9-7 season in 2008. He compiled a 57-55 record in Tampa and had worked for ESPN since 2009.
"I've wanted to come back. I've prepared to come back. I'm ready for another challenge, and I'm eager to prove I can do it," Gruden said. "I have a lot to prove. I haven't won a game since 2008, but I haven't lost one either."
Gruden's new contract is expected to be a 10-year deal worth $100million, but he refused to comment on the terms.
"All I know is this year I'm coaching in Oakland," he said. "How long I stay here will be determined by how well we play."