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Author: Jon Kuzma
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Jon Gruden is returning to coaching after a decade away from the game. The Oakland Raiders compelled Gruden to leave the press box for the sidelines with a 10 year 100 million dollar contract. Initially Gruden stated that Tampa Bay would be the ideal spot for his coaching return but it seems like the Raiders won over the former Super Bowl winning coach with their superior roster. Even thought Raiders only won one more game than the Buccaneers record wise, the chance to work with Derek Carr, Amari Cooper, and Michael Crabtree was too much to pass up on. Not only that but Oakland sweetened the pot with a huge 10 year contract which obviously comes with a massive payday. There were also rumors that Gruden would receive a partial stake in the ownership of the Raiders, so Mark Davis was certainly willing to pay to land one of the top coaches around. Despite that massive cost this seems like a good deal for Oakland because now they will have better leadership. Jon Gruden has very unique prestige when it comes to the sport of football and the guys in this locker room are going to buy into that. Davis also knew he had to do something in order to generate fan interest before the team relocates to Las Vegas. Landing Gruden will help generate a buzz around this franchise and it should also translate to a few more wins on the field as well. The AFC west is going to be extremely competitive in the future because you have the Chargers, Broncos, and Raiders all trying to make a push in the division. The Chiefs better look out because their grasp on the AFC West will be weakened significantly now that Gruden is calling the shots for the silver and black.
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