Should Jon Gruden go back to the booth? | The Tylt
Should Jon Gruden go back to the booth?
It's been 10 years since Jon Gruden has coached an NFL game and it showed in his first game on Monday Night Football. Gruden looked lost at times and led the Raiders to a double-digit loss. $100 million is too much for a coach that loses that big. He should've just stayed in his cushy broadcast job where there is no pressure to perform.
$100 million is a lot to shell out for a coach, but it isn't without purpose. Gruden is getting a huge payday, but so are the Raiders. The team was on the verge of having a disastrous divorce from Oakland, losing millions of fans in the Bay Area.
But with the hiring of Jon Gruden, it gives the Oakland fans something to root for despite the team's eventual move. Plus, he's one of the smartest coaches the league has ever seen. He belongs on the sidelines. Here is Will Reeve Jr. with more:
That means that Gruden will not only provide Bay Area fans a feeling of connectivity to the past over the long haul after their relocation, but he is the ultimate coach in terms of public relations to lead Oakland’s return to championship form.
As such, analysts would be wise to look at Gruden’s fat contract for what it is, a shrewd marketing, public relations and football decision that should pay dividends for a franchise that felt as if it was reeling just a few short weeks ago.