Let me state for the record I am not knocking Jon Gruden, who officially made his triumphant return to the Oakland Raiders on Tuesday as it's head coach. To be perfectly honest I do think he is a good leader and I believe will have a big impact on franchise quarterback Derek Carr. Carr has a otherwise miserable 2017 after getting serious MVP consideration the season before.
So here is quick snap shot on Jon Gruden for all you millenials who are not familiar with his work on the sidelines.
Gruden thus far has posted a 95-81 career coaching record. It’s not tremendously impactful and no one is claiming Gruden as "the next Vince Lombardi". But it definitely is something to build on. My one and ONLY pushback has been that I just do not understand the price tag.
10 years, $100 million?
It really boggles my mind.
No one will argue that Gruden’s best years were during his first stint with the Raiders from 1998 to 2001 where he went 40-28 (including playoffs). Yet he won his lone Super Bowl title in his first season with the Tampa Buccaneers in 2002.
The one huge perception I believe that has hung over Gruden's head for years is one critics including myself in that even while winning a Super Bowl, he did so with the majority of the roster former Bucs coach Tony Dungy built and that Gruden got to the finish line.
Tony Dungy for the record was with the Buccaneers from 1996-2001 and posted a 54-42 record in reforming the once hapless Buccaneers into contenders before his firing.
In Gruden's following six seasons after 2002 he registered a 45-51 record before being fired by the team in 2009.
Again, no knock on Gruden’s hustle. I thought he was pretty entertaining in the Monday Night Football booth so he will be missed there. I just cannot wrap my head around 10 years, $100 million.
Which now leads me to this question. If Jon Gruden is worth that much, then what is Bill Belichick's value in 2018 then?
Ponder on that one folks.