Chucky is officially back.
After the team’s horrible Week 17 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers to close out their 6-10 2017 season, the Raiders fired head coach Jack Del Rio. It did not take long for them to name his successor, as Gruden was hired by the team in early January.
Since taking over for Del Rio, Gruden has turned the franchise on it’s head, bringing in new players and coaches over the last few months. He has also injected energy on both the practice field, and the locker room, bringing the kind of leadership that makes players run through walls for their coach.
Gruden is here for the long haul, as he signed a ten-year deal worth $100 million. He was the first choice of team owner Mark Davis, and it will be interesting to see how he does in 2018, as it will be his first season as a head coach since 2009.
He brought the Raiders franchise back from the cellar of the division in his first stint with the team, and if the early returns are any indication, the Raiders should find themselves back in the playoffs before long.