OT: Gruden to Raiders - 10 years for 100 million.

Submitted by Honest Abe on January 5th, 2018 at 2:38 PM
This is crazy and i do not think he is going to be even as close to successfull as Davis thinks or hopes. Should draw fans to Vegas big time though, once they move there. Do you guys think this was good. I say bad, but when you got money to throw around and you suck, i can see why.


His Dudeness

January 5th, 2018 at 3:03 PM ^

I wish I could embed the gif of Harbaugh laughing at that dumb ass intent to decieve penatly. 


This is crazy pants. 

I should quit my job and take an assistant job somewhere. I can take a year or two of making $15K if by year five I am making 8 teen bajillion dollars. Jesus. 


January 5th, 2018 at 5:27 PM ^

If you are going to give Dungy credit for the Bucs Super Bowl Team then you have to give Gruden credit for the Raiders team that the Bucs played in the Super Bowl. Plus, Gruden was a "tuck rule" away from taking the Raiders to the Superbowl the year prior.


January 5th, 2018 at 3:15 PM ^

"We're going to have to be ready to play.  This is one of the best teams in the NFL.  They have one of the best QBs in the NFL.  Their WRs are some of the best that I've ever seen. The running backs on that team, are some of the best that we'll see all season.  Their defense...is one of the best.  Those line backers, probably the best in the NFL.  Their DBs are some of the best cover corners you are ever going to see"

Mpfnfu Ford

January 5th, 2018 at 4:34 PM ^

Dick was arguably better the 2nd time around, and he had a similar career path of "get a head coaching job insanely young, burn yourself out, become a broadcaster then come back a decade later." Being in the booth during the games is much more helpful than being a studio guy, because you actually do have to watch the stuff instead of BS'ing. 

But I can't help but wonder how Gruden adjusts to the NFL as it exists now. His offenses were built around running that Holmgren/Shanahan version of the West Coast offense with inside/outside zone for a run game. Teams were so overwhelmed by zone blocking that teams were running up insane rushing totals with dudes off a scrap heap. That's not the case any more obviously, and he had a lot of problems getting his passing game going in Tampa the way it worked when he was an assistant at Green Bay and HC at Oakland.

If he modernizes and brings in young hungry assistants with similar philosophies but new ways to skin the cat like Vermeil did, he'll be successful. If he tries to do what he always believed in the same way he used to do it, this will be an unholy flop.

Arb lover

January 5th, 2018 at 9:07 PM ^

You can't actually take a standard inflation average index over 215 years for a number of reasons, most specifically because the value of land has increase closer to the value of other investable items over that time period. Also, inflation was not static over that period. I'm seeing quotes in the range of closer to $740 million for that time period just for inflation. 

Remember also the louisiana purchase was not just for the state of Louisiana, it was for 53 million acres. Undeveloped acerage not near city or water locations in that part of the country goes for over $4k an acre on average. Lets be magnanimous and count it as $3k considering some intangibles. That's still a value of $159 billion. You could also look at the economic output of the area that was the Louisiana purchase (12% of US GDP, or 1.7 trillion) since we are considering this as a financial decision on the part of the US (to make the $15 million purchase), but I think that's getting a little far fetched for our comparison. 

Bigly yuge

January 5th, 2018 at 5:19 PM ^

You know it’s a great hire when a bunch of idiots, who have never coached football at a high level a day in their lives, are shooting it down as being an awful hire. Gruden built the Raiders into a powerhouse in the late 90’s early 2000’s before he was traded to Tampa. Dungy has no clue how to run an offense, so just one year of Gruden was enough to win them a super bowl. The Raiders sucked for 13 years after his departure. The bucs have still yet to regain a super bowl level. Gruden is one of those ultra competitive guys. If he didn’t know he could come back to the nfl after ten years and be successful he wouldn’t do it.

At least the Raiders are trying to do whatever it takes to better their franchise unlike your pathetic loser Detroit Lions.


January 5th, 2018 at 5:46 PM ^

I'm with you. It seems to be the hot take of the moment to say that Gruden couldn't coach. I can see people having an issue with him being away from the game for as long as he has been but really even that is a bad argument because it's coaching. You don't forget how to coach. It's not like the world passes you by.

Get real. The guy accomplished more in the NFL than our beloved coach Harbaugh did and the pay isn't that much different now. JH, if he is making $9 million a year basically would make only $10 million less over that span. He has never won a Super Bowl but Gruden has. Whether you like it or not, there is a premium that comes with being champion. As far as the argument he took Tony Dungy's team and won with it, so the fuck what? The facts are the facts. The trophy was his. Tony Dungy wasn't calling those plays or giving the halftime speeches. So it just doesn't hold water.

The same people who want to give a lifetime contract to guy who hasn't won a championship are ripping on the Raiders who just made a fucking A+ marketing decision that will pay that money back and then some for bringing back a guy that has turned himself into a brand and who also has that said championship. Jesus, sometimes people here amaze me.


January 5th, 2018 at 6:29 PM ^

They've changed head coaches 12 times in the last 24 seasons..

He's already the longest tenured raiders coach since Art Shells first stint ended in the early 90s. If he makes it to the end of this contract he'll be the longest tenured Raiders coach in history.