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Welcome Back, Coach Jon Gruden as Oakland Raiders Head Coach

Compass Media Networks, the exclusive radio broadcaster of the Oakland Raiders, welcomes Coach Jon Gruden as the head coach of the Raiders. In Jon Gruden’s introductory press conference at the team’s Alameda, Calif., facility, this is what Coach Gruden had to say: 

“I’d just like to thank Mark Davis and Mrs. Davis for this opportunity. I used to get phone calls from Al Davis at 3 a.m. Now, I get them from Mark Davis at 3 a.m., but I want to thank you for this opportunity from the bottom of my heart. I want to thank you, Cindy, my three sons for supporting me in going after this opportunity. It takes a family effort, I think, to be all in on something like this. I’d also really like to thank all of the Raiders players that are here today. I saw Charles Woodson. Brady fumbled that ball. Tim Brown, Howie Long, Russell Maryland, Eric Allen, Jerry Rice, Jim Otto, Ted Hendricks. It’s about the people for me and that’s a big reason I am here today. Obviously, this is very emotional for me. I never wanted to leave the Raiders. I never thought I’d be back, but here I am and I’m ready to get to work. I just want to say there’s really four major reasons that I am here coaching today. Number one, I love football. I love the players that play it. I love the preparation, I love the journey. I love football, and I love the city of Oakland. I had a son here and some of my great memories in life are in Oakland and I want to give them two of the best years of football that I can possibly help deliver. And I love the Raiders. The brand is global. Everywhere I went as Monday Night Football analyst, the Raider Nation would come out of the ground. I love the Raiders, and most of all, I love to win. I am going to do everything I can. No guarantees, no promises, but I want to win. I look forward to working with Reggie [McKenzie] and his staff. We’ve got a lot of work to do. We’ve hired three new coordinators already. Paul Guenther from the Cincinnati Bengals is official. Great addition to our football team. Rich Bisaccia will be our special teams coordinator from the Dallas Cowboys. Greg Olson will be our offensive coordinator coming over from the Los Angeles Rams. I can’t wait to get started and it’s an emotional time for me but I will answer any questions I can.”

Watch the press release video on RAIDERS.COM or YouTube