Got a chance to spend some time with Jon Gruden Saturday, his first visit to a Raiders training camp since he last coached the organization in 2001.
Gruden is in town as the analyst for ESPN’s Monday Night Football broadcast of the Cowboys-Raiders game.
It was a Gruden reunion of sorts on the field. The only players left who remain from the Gruden years (1998 through 2001) are place kicker Sebastian Janikowski and punter Shane Lechler. But many in the organization remain in different capacities, and just about everyone made it over to Gruden for a warm greeting.
Chaplain Napoleon Kaufman made his way over for a hug, and after he and Gruden talked about their families, Gruden reminded him, “I think the last time we talked you were sitting in my office and I was asking you, “You’re not really going to retire, are you?”
After watching practice and participating in production meetings with the coaching staff and selected players, Gruden took some time to talk about coming back to Napa, his thoughts on going to the Coliseum for the first time since 2004, his impressions of the new Raiders regime and the loss of Al Davis, and whether he will coach again.
A link to the Bay Area News Group interview is here, with a condensed version containing excerpts to run in Sunday’s BANG newspapers.