Hundreds of people filled the conference room, which had been transformed from a full workout facility to an assembly hall with weight racks and lifting benches - oh, and a music booth.
Chucky is back in black, baby!
"He came back to the Raiders for I think similar reasons I did: I think he loves Oakland, I think he loves the Raiders", Gruden said. "And how long I stay here will be determined by how well we play", Gruden said.
"I felt confident he was all in", Davis said of Gruden. And it was only a matter of minutes before Gruden brought up that snowy day in Foxboro. He'll add to the personnel department around trusted general manager Reggie McKenzie.
After three seconds of silence, the lights went out. Gruden himself pointed out several times during the half-hour news conference that he has "a lot to prove" after spending the last nine years outside of the game - an odd admission from a man who was just given a decade-long contract with an annual eight-figure salary.
Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch is notoriously adverse to speaking with members of the media.
But if Tuesday was about a clean slate for everyone, nobody will be more impacted by the arrival of Gruden than Carr, and how he responds to the insanity of which his new coach refers will go a long way in determining how fast the Raiders are again winning more games than not.
"Whispers became rumors", a deep-voiced narrator intoned.
Davis said he spoke with Gruden on Christmas Eve in Philadelphia, the night before the Raiders played at the Eagles. He isn't going to cry in a corner whenever he gets yelled at.More news: Top tech lobby joins legal battle to keep 'net neutrality'
Davis broke out of his norm and showed some personality, saying this was a "big effin' deal". And yeah, it's a big freaking deal to Davis especially. It took a while for the applause to die down and the cameras to stop flashing.
The Oakland/Las Vegas Whatever Raiders have made one of the dumbest moves they've made since the passing of Al Davis.
"I think he has a character like Bill Walsh-he can be your best friend or your worst enemy", he said. Can't remember? Of course you can't, because he never did.
Gruden officially announced his selections for the team's coordinator positions, tapping Los Angeles Rams quarterbacks coach Greg Olson as his offensive coordinator and installing Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Paul Guenther and Dallas Cowboys special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia in those same roles in Oakland.
He was prepared to retain Jack Del Rio another year, albeit with some staff renovations, after a disastrous 6-10 campaign.
Lynch's status is one of the questions facing the Raiders this offseason.
Woodson originally joined the Raiders in 1998. There were points that they looked like juggernauts and times where they just looked flat, and the end result after an opening-round playoff loss is going to see Alex Smith either benched or traded.
Raiders introduce Gruden • Jon Gruden finally decided the time was right to finish what he almost achieved in his first stint in Oakland and deliver another Super Bowl title to the Raiders.
"All of us want to know, Is there a no-trade clause in your contract". They're welcome back any time, he said, before thanking them for being on time, unlike his coaching days.