My Instant Thoughts After Jon Gruden's Presser
Jon Gruden really is jacked to coach, gang. Like, I'm surprised Reggie McKenzie didn't wheel in a couch for him to jump on Tom Cruise-style then proceed to electroshock Mark Davis with his elated football energy:
Whether it was the Raiders or the Jags, I absolutely loved Jack Del Rio as a head coach. He had that personality of someone you wanted to play for, and I hope he gets a job somewhere else because I feel he got a raw deal in this gig. Not his fault Derek Carr got hurt, but all that being said, Chucky is ready to reign terror. If I could GIF for you the handshake that Gruden gave McKenzie at the end of this puppy you'd be sold on that these dudes are ready to get shit done. It was akin to Apollo Creed & Arnold's handshake in Predator.
And you can claim that Gruden has been out of the league for nine years so he's not going to be ready for the severely altered landscape of today's NFL, but he's still had his finger on the pulse of the game as close as a regular week-to-week analyst could. Plus, the argument he gives on being now able to see the "bigger picture" due to his broadcasting travels is a sound one. You could present to me Barry Melrose as a counter-argument to such ideals, but Melrose wasn't doing the X's and O's like Gruden did, he didn't sit down with current players on a regular basis, nor did he visit team facilities like Gruden did (who probably idled in their parking lots at 3 am every Monday morning, visor on head and clipboard in hand).
Obviously, an endeavor like head coaching after nine years of not head coaching is an endeavor of the psychotically obsessed, and Gruden is absolutely that.
I'd be excited if I was Raider Nation. Heck, I'm excited as a football fan.