Gruden was introduced as the Oakland Raiders' head coach on Tuesday.
"Obviously, this is very emotional for me", said Gruden, who has been out of the National Football League since coaching his seventh and final season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2008. It wasn't until Davis bowled the former coach over with a 10-year, $100 million contract that Gruden finally returned to the place he started his head coaching career. Oakland won 12 games in 2016 to earn Del Rio a four-year extension but the team fell flat this season.
Obviously, Gruden has a ton of work to do in the coming weeks and months.
"I have a lot to prove. I'm going to do everything I can - no guarantees, no promises - but I want to win". He spent the next seven seasons coaching the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a 57-55 record and a Super Bowl title after the 2002 season.
Only one coach has led the Raiders for 10 seasons or more: John Madden.
The Raiders are scheduled to begin play in a new stadium in Las Vegas in 2020.
According to ESPN, Gruden's deal is reportedly for.
"In my heart I feel this is the thing to do", Gruden said when asked about why the timing was finally right.
"All I know is this year I'm coaching in Oakland", he said. No. 1, I love football.
"How long I say here will be determined by how well we play".
The 26-year-old has been able to throw more than 20 touchdowns and 3,250 yards in each of his first four years under center. "It took me six years of chasing Jon". It should be quite the scene today for Gruden's return.
It was a spectacle viewing the Gruden introductory press conference, no matter how you ended up seeing it.
Just so we close the loop-I was told the 2nd minority candidate the #Raiders interviewed for their head coaching position, before Jon Gruden was hired, was Tee Martin-USCs offensive coordinator/ wide receivers coach. "I worked for Al Davis in 1998".
"I love the excitement and the thrill of competing".