a Hall of Famer, a Coach of the Year in the NFL. He taught me.
He trained me. He really helped me, and to be back in that room
last night, where all those interviews, and all those memories took
place was emotional and pretty cool to say the least.”
The following day, Gruden was officially introduced by owner
Mark Davis as head coach, an occasion that occurred on what
Davis called “the biggest day” of his life.
The 37-minute press conference no doubt felt like a monumental
event for the organization; aside from the 100-plus media members
in attendance, there were more than 50 Raiders alumni in the
house to see Gruden officially take the reins as head coach.
“That’s probably the most humbling thing that has happened to
me in a long time seeing that kind of turnout,” Gruden said. “Not
only players I coached here, but players that are legendary: Jim
Otto, Ted Hendricks, Clem Daniels is out there, it was awesome,
and I think that the alumni of this franchise is a big part of the
future. The history of the Silver and Black is a proud one, and
one we do not want to forget, but it’s very important we create a
Key to kick starting that greatness are two words, two pillars,
which a Jon Gruden-coached team will have to embody.
“You’re going to hear preparation and presentation a lot,” he
said. “A team that hopefully is prepared in all areas, for every
situation, a team that loves to prepare and has a will to prepare,
and then, they can present. They can go out there on game day,
coaches can call the right plays, players can go out there and
perform, and present all the preparation. I think that’s what I’m
after, doing the work during the week, to allow these players to go
out there and perform at a high level.”
In 2018, Gruden inherits a talented roster that underperformed
in 2017, and with the eyes of the NFL world now locked in on
the Super Bowl-champion coach, Gruden acknowledged multiple
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