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Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr is well aware of new head coach Jon Gruden’s intensity, and he’s ready to embrace it.

“I want him to be tough on me,” Carr said, according to Scott Bair of NBC Sports Bay Area. “For anyone who thinks I want him to be a different way has no clue about me or how I play football or how I prepare to play this game. I don’t need to tell stories about how I prepare or manage myself.”

Carr was recently selected for this third straight Pro Bowl as a replacement for Super Bowl-bound Tom Brady. The honor comes on the heels of one of his worst statistical seasons, as he completed just 62.7 percent of his pass attempts for 3,496 yards, 22 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions – all regressions from 2016.

Heading into his fifth season, he expects Gruden to bring out his best.

“He’s going to demand of me. He’s going to push me,” he said. “He’s going to make me be the best version of myself.”

Gruden spoke highly of Carr at his introductory press conference on Jan. 9, saying, according to 95.7 The Game: “He has a great arm talent, he’s athletic, he’s got natural leadership skills … he’s got a huge upside … very, very excited to have him as our quarterback.”


Jon Gruden is going back to where his NFL coaching career began – and it’s set to be a lucrative reunion.

The Oakland Raiders are giving Gruden a 10-year deal worth approximately $100 million, sources informed ESPN’s Adam Schefter. That would be the longest coaching contract in NFL history.

Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints and Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks are the league’s highest-paid coaches, each with a salary of $8 million. New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick, the winner of five Super Bowls, is third ($7.5 million).

There were reports that the Raiders’ pursuit of Gruden included offering him a stake in ownership, though it’s not clear if that ended up being part of the agreement.

In 2015, it was reported that Gruden’s salary as an ESPN analyst was $6.5 million.

Jon Gruden confirmed Tuesday that he’s interested in returning to the Oakland Raiders as their head coach.

“Well, I think I am being considered, yes. I hope I’m a candidate,” he told Jerry McDonald of The Mercury News.

Gruden said he’s under the impression the Raiders are spending this week interviewing candidates, and plan to make their hire next week. If his interest is genuine, it’s almost a certainty he’ll be offered the job.

The 54-year-old has been out of professional coaching since the Tampa Bay Buccaneers fired him after the 2008 season. He’s remained close to the game by working as a commentator on Monday Night Football, operating a coaching clinic, and running quarterback camps.

Gruden served at the helm of the Silver and Black from 1998-2001, taking them to the playoffs twice. He was traded to Tampa Bay after the 2001 campaign, and led the Bucs to a Super Bowl victory over Oakland in his first year.

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The Oakland Raiders have dismissed head coach Jack Del Rio after signing him to a new four-year contract in February.

Del Rio announced the news during his postgame press conference after Sunday’s loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.

“Spoke with (owner) Mark Davis after the game and Mark let me know that he’s not gonna be bringing me back and so he told me he loved me, appreciated all that I did to kind of get this program going in the right direction. But he felt he needed a change. I told him how much I appreciated the opportunity he gave me and I mean that. Very grateful. My childhood team. But it’s a result business, I understand that,” Del Rio said, according to Matt Schneidman of the Mercury News.

The Raiders are confident they can lure former coach Jon Gruden out of the ESPN broadcast booth and back to the team, reports Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Gruden previously coached the Raiders from 1998-2001, compiling a 38-26 record in the process. He eventually beat the Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII as the coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Raiders followed their 2016 return to the playoffs with a disappointing 6-10 season. One major reason for their regression was the struggles of the offense under new coordinator Todd Downing. The team promoted Downing after parting ways with Bill Musgrave following last season.

Oakland scored 26 points per game under Musgrave in 2016, good for sixth in the league, but the offense fell to 19th in the league in 2017, averaging just 19.4 points per contest.


Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr is expected to miss 2-6 weeks with a transverse process fracture, head coach Jack Del Rio revealed Monday, according to Field Yates from ESPN.

“It could be as short as two weeks – it could be longer,” Del Rio said during his press conference.

EJ Manuel will start in Carr’s absence. Manuel went 11-of-17 for 106 yards and an interception after taking over for Carr during Sunday’s 16-10 loss to the Denver Broncos.

Del Rio tried to remain optimistic, opining that could Carr could return in two weeks, saying, “there’s a real good chance he’ll miss this week,” per Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

It was initially believed Carr suffered back spasms, while he reportedly got kneed in the kidney, which merely caused numbness in his legs, according to NFL Network’s Michael Silver.

Del Rio said Carr’s X-rays were “encouraging,” while an MRI on Monday was inconclusive. However, Carr had a CT scan Monday afternoon, which revealed the transverse process fracture.

It’s a devastating development for the Raiders, who have lost their last two games after a 2-0 start and will need to battle for contention in the AFC West.

The Raiders begin their schedule without Carr on Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens.


Randy Moss believes he’ll go down as one of the all-time great players in football history, regardless of how long it takes him to obtain a Hall of Fame jacket.

“First ballot or not, I understand what it is, man,” Moss said Thursday, according to Mark Craig of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “It’s a political war, and I was one of those guys who didn’t play (politics), nor do I intend to play into politics. So I know what I stood for. I know what the game is. I gave my all to the game, 14 years through the ups and downs, I still gave my commitment to the National Football League. Like it or not.”

The former wide receiver will be eligible for induction into the Hall of Fame for the first time in 2018. He boasts some of the greatest numbers ever amassed by a wideout, yet the same could be said for Terrell Owens, who was kept out by voters in his first round of eligibility this year.

Moss, like Owens, picked up a reputation early in his career as a poor locker-room presence, and wasn’t always on the greatest of terms with the media. Though, he seemed to turn around his image toward the end of his career.

“All I know is I just played the game to the best of my ability,” Moss said. “I put my mark, I put my stamp, I put my family’s name on football, the National Football League. You can’t get any higher.”

Moss finished his 14-year career ranked second on the NFL’s all-time list in receiving touchdowns and third in receiving yards.

Jerry Rice, Steve Largent, Paul Warfield, and Raymond Berry are the only wide receivers who’ve been elected to the Hall on the first ballot.


LAS VEGAS (AP) The Oakland Raiders are one step closer to being able to start building their proposed stadium in Las Vegas.

Local officials on Wednesday gave preliminary approval to a series of permits required for the proposed 65,000-seat stadium.

Officials in Nevada’s Clark County gave the team a year to figure out a solution for parking, which has been a major concern. Per county regulations, the stadium is required to have 16,250 parking spots, but the site selected for the project near the Las Vegas Strip has only about 2,400.

Raiders adviser Don Webb told Clark County commissioners the team is exploring a wide variety of parking options.

The Raiders want to play in Las Vegas starting in 2020. Their ambitious construction timeline for the partly tax-funded $1.9 billion project calls for some site work to begin by December.