Jon Gruden sends a bold message of intent to the Oakland Raiders ahead of the 2018 season

After a decade out of the NFL, Jon Gruden will return to coaching in 2018. 

He last stood on the sideline back in 2008 – as head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

After joining the team in 2002, he found success in his early years and even guided the Bucs to a win in Super Bowl 37. 

But that early form didn’t last for too long and following the ’08 season, Gruden was fired. 


After leaving the Buccaneers, he didn’t search for another coaching job and was instead hired as an analyst for ESPN. 

In 2014, the sports broadcaster made Gruden their highest paid personality and tied him down to a contract until 2021.

Interestingly, though, his deal included a clause that gave him the option to return to coaching if he ever wanted to. And that’s exactly what he did this year. 

Back in January, Gruden announced his NFL comeback – and rejoined the Oakland Raiders – a team he’s got a lot of history with. 


Between 1998 and 2001, Gruden had his first stint in Oakland – taking the team to the playoffs on two consecutive occasions in 2000 and 2001.

Now, almost two decades later, he wants to achieve that again – and if possible, go a few steps further and guide the Raiders to Super Bowl glory. 

In fact, Gruden seems hell-bent on doing that and he’s made the franchise a very bold promise ahead of the 2018 season.


Five months ago, the head coach signed a lucrative 10-year, $100 million contract – but has recently suggested that if he fails to achieve what he wants to do in Oakland, then he’ll work for free.

“If I can’t get it done, I’m not going to take their money,” Gruden told USA Today Sports, per Pro Football Talk.   

That’s certainly a big claim from the returning head coach, who apparently has not come back to the NFL to make up the numbers.

Although, he didn’t actually specify what “getting it done” would be – but we can suggest it would be at least a return to the playoffs. 


In 2017, the Raiders fell to a disappointing 6-10 finish. But just the year before, they showed so much promise in going 12-4 and making a run to the postseason. 

With the likes of Derek Carr, Marshawn Lynch and newly traded Martavis Bryant on offense, the Raiders will be hoping that last season was just a blip – and fans will be fully expecting a positive finish.

Following Gruden’s latest comments, even more pressure will be piled on the team – because otherwise, they might end the year with a very poor coach. 

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