That was Jon Gruden on the day of the formal announcement of his return to the coaching ranks three years ago. Back then, everything was rosy in Raider Nation. Chucky had come home and was greeted with a lovefest, from owner Mark Davis to long-time employees who were around for Gruden’s first ride with the silver and black.
Even members of the media in the Bay Area were smitten, caught up in the moment like so many fans.
Fast forward to 2021 and the situation has changed drastically.
While the Raiders have made incremental steps of progress under Gruden, it hasn’t come nearly as fast or been enough of an improvement that most expected.
Davis has privately fumed at the man he tried to lure back into coaching for years before lavishing Gruden with a $100 million, 10-year contract. The Raiders owner isn’t yet ready to make a change and might not be for another year or two, but it’s obvious that he no longer is looking at the situation through rose-colored glasses.
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‘We have to be a much more detailed football team'
Like so many Raiders fans, coach Jon Gruden found himself searching for answers after the Raiders’ second-half collapse that cost the team a spot in the expanded playoffs.
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING
Starting Tackle Kolton Miller is entering the final year of his rookie contract.
Wanted: Defensive coordinator
The Raiders didn’t wait long to begin their search for a new defensive coordinator, and it’s becoming clear that Jon Gruden has already narrowed his list down.
Raiders' good, bad, ugly
Raiders’ good, bad, ugly
NEWS & NOTES
The Raiders had one of the easier schedules in 2020 and got only eight wins to show for it. Things won’t get any easier in 2021, either.
Looking back at 2020 season
The 2020 season will absolutely be remembered for being one of the strangest and most disappointing in franchise history.
Gruden feeling the heat?
“I know there is a big bull’s-eye on my chest, certainly. If the people want to use that as an incentive, then so be it. I worked for Al Davis in 1998. That was pressure. I was 34 years old. I’ve dealt with pressure before. I don’t really feel pressure. I love the excitement and thrill of competing, and I can’t worry about things I can’t control in that regard. I know people will want to step on me and beat me, and that is just the way this league is.”
From the SILVERANDBLACK.com Message Boards
S&BI continually scans the message boards across Raider Nation to see what Raider fans are talking about now that the 2020 season has ended for the Raiders. We chose some of the better posts and present them here.
Checklist for 2021
Now that the 2020 season has been put to rest for Las Vegas, the Raiders have shifted their focus to what figures to be a busy offseason as they prepare for 2021.
AFC WEST ROUNDUP
The Chargers fired coach Anthony Lynn after four seasons.
SIM SETTLEMENTS 2
Tune up Fallout 4’s settlement system.
This is not your same old Bills
This isn’t your same old Buffalo Bills. And if you needed more proof, take a look at the most pivotal moment from Buffalo’s Week 4 win over the Las Vegas Raiders.
Breaking down the two Las Vegas deals
The Dolphins did a lot of work on Lynn Bowden Jr. before the 2020 NFL draft, intrigued by what he could bring to the offense based on his athletic ability and his background as a college quarterback-receiver.
Will The Offense Boom Or Bust?
The Washington Redskins offense was an absolute disaster in the first half of the season.
Is Callahan A 2020 Candidate?
Whenever the head coach is fired after five games and an (0-5) start, his coaching staff knows that sand is slipping through the hour glass of an NFL season even more quickly.
Bills Trade Wr Jones To Raiders For Pick
Zay Jones’ turbulent time with the Buffalo Bills came to an end on Oct. 8 when the Bills traded Jones to the Oakland Raiders for a 2021 fifth-round pick.
Gruden Latest Coach To Go
The end came before dawn just hours after owner Dan Snyder exited FedEx Field in a hurried motorcade following another ugly loss.
music to visit
Bob Stanley carries pop's baggage everywhere Ark of the lost Raiders
Indy mood for adventure
1 The first film, Raiders of the Lost Ark, came out in 1981 and followed Indy's race to beat Nazis to finding the Ark of the Covenant. Three more films followed 1984's Temple of Doom, 1989's Last Crusade and 2008's Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
How to Deal with Dad
Bittersweet lessons, tough love, dealing with expectations... a daughter's relationship with her dad can be complicated, just like mine was. Yet I have become who I am mostly because of him