McDonough bids farewell to Gruden during broadcast

07 January, 2018, 05:10 | Author: Laura Christensen
  • Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Jon Gruden reacts after being inducted into the Buccaneers Ring of Honor during halftime of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons Monday Dec. 18

"It's an emotional and bittersweet day for our Monday Night Football family as today we say goodbye to Coach Gruden after nine very distinguished years", McDonough said.

Hours after the game, the Oakland Raiders made it official by sending out tweet and press release.

Gruden, who reportedly has agreed to a 10-year contract worth an estimated $100 million, responded by basically saying it's not a done deal before quickly deflecting to the game at hand. "We congratulate you as you head back to the sideline with the Raiders". Oakland finished a disappointing 6-10 during the 2017 campaign after going 12-4 in 2016 to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2002. "Thank you, it's been a great run".

According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, Gruden's contract, and the contracts his assistants will sign, will be heavily backloaded. He has been out of coaching since being fired by Tampa Bay after the 2008 season. Overall, Gruden is 95-81 in 11 seasons.


The move comes 20 years after he was hired by late owner Al Davis as the NFL's youngest head coach at age 34.

15 years after the franchise traded him to the Tampa Bay Bucs following the 2001 season, he returns to the Black Hole. Now returning to the team that provided him with his first Head Coaching gig, he'll walk on to the field in front of thousands of fans who adore him. He led the Buccaneers to the Super Bowl title over Oakland the following season.

Other teams have also done it, with one of the most recent notable coaching hires being Joe Gibbs in Washington. After leading the Raiders to 8-8 records his first two years, Gruden helped the team reach the AFC title game following the 2000 season and got Oakland back into the playoffs the following season.

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