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Raiders respond to Gruden rumor

An e-mail from Raiders director media relations Zak Gilbert on the “rumor” that Jon Gruden could be rejoining the Raiders . . .

Members of the media: There are two people on this planet that have the ability to make talks happen between Jon Gruden and the Raiders, with regard to him allegedly taking over the football operations, and/or the position of head coach. Each of those individuals, owner Mark Davis and general manager Reggie McKenzie, wanted me to communicate that this rumor has no validity whatsoever. And for the record, I’m personally disgusted that Hub Arkush would spread such an untruth on the day our head coach, Dennis Allen, had to determine with his mom, his brother and sister, whether to take his dad off life support or wait and hope that he would regain consciousness. Dennis didn’t have an opportunity to say goodbye to his dad, but he did have an opportunity to take a phone call regarding Hub’s story.

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  • Plunketthead

    Wow

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    # DJ Johnny Says:
    December 5th, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    As far as Mark being “just like Al” there are some huge differences in this. Mark may just want who he feels are the “right guys” to run the team, whereas Al took an active game day role. Mark won’t do that.

    Also, this would be the first time Raiders actually brought in a big name coach AFTER they became a big name. Al never did that.

    Mark will stay out of game planning but he is not gonna just sit idly by and watch this team lose w/o a fight.

    To me, that’s good news.

    He wants us to have a team we can be proud of and imo he will pull out all the stops.
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    more silly sappy romantic crap.

    guys whats with the holly jolly jingle bell bullshid?!?!/

    Mark davis doesnt care about this blog or what or whom we are proud of. he doesnt care what we despise either.

    mark cares about stone cold dollars and cents like any man running a major for profit business.

    wow, you cats are in dream land just like you were when palmer signed.

    lol…hate to pizz on your pillow

  • Plunketthead

    Just like I said, it was a real scumball thing to do. Gruden should have stopped it a long time ago but he is probably using it in some other contract talks

  • CDERaider

    There ya go – Bummer. They’re still talking about it on 95.7 the game (957thegame.com) and they will have Hub on at within this hour to ask him about his announcement. Guess we’re stuck with DA – that really sucks… Get ready for 2 more years of garbage when we fire DA and start all over again… So tough being a Raider fan.

  • tuckrulefool

    Oh well…back to NO HOPE….

    Queue up the Death Star POWER DOWN sound track

    BOWWWWWWWRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR……….

  • Raiderbuck

    Gruden will be some where,… and they might be squishing the story because of DA and his loss this week. Might wait until after the seasons over.

    That’s the only hope of Gruden coming back to be true.

    Again my thoughts and prayers go out to Coach Allen and his family.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    almost every coach gm owner in pro sports would qualify for the tittle “scumball”.

    many players would also fit this word

    who cares, how does it impact anything in the world of fans?

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    RIC BUCHER is on 95.7 the game right now saying he is standing by the story.

    TOWNSEND to confirms that this basically means its true once they start denying it. Said they denied stories last year about firings like ROD WOODSON.

    BUCHER said his source said there has been conversations between the two. btw ARKSUSH will be on the game at 545 too talk about whats been happening.

    There is no questioning this rumor has truth to it. Either way DA probaly wont last two years

  • Raiderbuck

    Raiders RapidReports ‏@CBSRaiders

    Mark Davis and Reggie McKenzie adamantly deny report of talks with Jon Gruden about becoming coach or head of football operations.

  • fingers

    This isn’t the proper time for this kind of talk anyway…. Still 4 games to go….after the final game I’m sure we’ll know who’s going and who’s staying…. Thursday night it’s the donkeys coming to Oakland ….. Gawd , I hate the donkeys ….

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    again this is a PR guy trying to stop the rumors.. almost like a celebrity PR stoping rumors between a romantic couple that well all know is true.

    Probaly trying to stop because in light of whats been happening with DA. STILL DOESNT MEAN ITS NOT HAPPENING.

    Bucher has his source at espn.. an exec. He wouldnt be talking reckless like this if it wasnt true he said

  • The_Judge37

    I don’t believe anyone anymore, not even the Raiders in denying the rumor

  • Raiderbuck

    fingers Says:
    December 5th, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    This isn’t the proper time for this kind of talk anyway…. Still 4 games to go….after the final game I’m sure we’ll know who’s going and who’s staying…. Thursday night it’s the donkeys coming to Oakland ….. Gawd , I hate the donkeys …
    *********************************************

    Agreed 100%

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Townsend on 95.7 the game was reading that email jerry mcdonald got.. and basically said EHHH.. like he didnt give it much credence.

    He has recieved these kind of “EMAILS” b4 and they were not true. Its like that guy during the iraq war.. badghadad minster of Propoganda. “NOTHING TO SEE HERE” “WE HAVE THEM ON THE RUN”

  • papertiger418

    Boom!! Drop the hammer on that bum! Not that I wouldn’t be excited about Gruden returning, but show some respect for DA.

  • Plunketthead

    Speaking of scumballs

    Mystic, You are not worthy of a response so enjoy wasting your time

  • The Big Banana

    As I stated earlier today before this official statement came out, expect the Raiders to deny it. Well have to wait till the new year to see if there is any truth to it.

  • fingers

    I’m not gonna torture myself worrying about something I can’t control……. I’d just like to see our team actually put up a fight tomorrow….fk the Mules

  • Plunketthead

    Gruden is a scumball for setting up Cam to make him look like an idiot when Gruden knew dam good and well Auburn used the same “no huddle” system that Oregon uses and plays are not called the same way

  • oklahomaRaider18

    I sure hope the Raiders make it competitive tomorrow night on National TV!!!! Need a huge game from DMC!!, keep the ball out of Mannings hands, here’s hoping our D will have some balls and play hard!!!!!!

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Remember thse beat writers are on the payroll now.. They will not say anything till MCKENZIE gives them the ok

  • fingers

    Oaklahomaraider…. True… Everybody’s gonna have to play lights out

  • J Hill

    LOL

    Now i believe it.

  • manassamauler

    this denial just makes the rumor more possible IMO. anybody have peyton manning on the FT? he may throw for 500 yards and 6 tds thursday

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    just because the raiders denied the rumor means nothing. If this were true that there is mutual interest, they would need to quiet the story to save face.

    It is considered bad form to let negotiations leak while a coach is still in place, that does not mean that there are no negotiations taking place.

    Does anybody believe that coaches dont send inquiries or teams dont send feelers and begin negotiations while lame duck coaches are still employed?

    get real does the name jim fassel ring a bell?

    the only issue that the raiders have with this is that it was leaked, not that it is happening

  • Raiderbuck

    fingers Says:
    December 5th, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    I’m not gonna torture myself worrying about something I can’t control……. I’d just like to see our team actually put up a fight tomorrow….fk the Mules
    **********************************************
    agree fk the mules,…

    but that’s kind of the point isn’t it? They don’t put up a fight. The only reason the donks don’t put 50 points on us is that they don’t want/have to.

    1000′s of post from frustrated fans, for christs sake just put up a damn fight! Have this phu cking team ACT like they know what to phu cking do!

    Let me wear my 30 year old Raiders cap without some smart a$$ giving me a bunch of $#!t while standing in line at the bank. Hell standing anywhere in public!

    Sorry, I’m getting a little bent out of shape here.

  • fingers

    I wanna see which players we have deserve the right to be back next year… Lots to play for in this game…. Plus it’s a division rival

  • manassamauler

    fingers Says:
    December 5th, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    I’m not gonna torture myself worrying about something I can’t control……. I’d just like to see our team actually put up a fight tomorrow….fk the Mules

    >> I will be shocked if the game is close. Raiders don’t rush the passer or cover people. Manning might get the flu or take bribe then it could be a W.

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Bottom line DA is already on the hot seat imo..

    GREG PAPA confirmed that GRUDEN said he would come back to the Raiders as “unfinished business”

    PAPA also said Al told him Gruden called him wanting to come back before he hired HUE JACKSON

    No i bet jon and mark have been having mutual interest. Will it happen?? IDK

    can it happen?? SURE .. more then i would have ever thought especially after the last two days. Ric bucher heard that email from townsend

    and he said he was sticking by what he was told last night from an ESPN source

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    Plunketthead Says:
    December 5th, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Speaking of scumballs

    Mystic, You are not worthy of a response so enjoy wasting your time
    ========

    not sure why you are calling me names

    oh your butt hurt about palmer

    get over it palmer is toast

  • manassamauler

    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    December 5th, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    Plunketthead Says:
    December 5th, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Speaking of scumballs

    Mystic, You are not worthy of a response so enjoy wasting your time
    ========

    not sure why you are calling me names

    oh your butt hurt about palmer

    get over it palmer is toast

    >> hey mystic you know palmer is 10% black right?

  • Al_is_theraiders

    too bad if true…either way get DA outta here….is zac gilbert related mckenzie? who cares if he is disgusted?

  • JONGRUDEN2013

    I remember the Raiders denying any truth to rumors the were coming back to Oakland in 1995,..even up to the day before they announced they were in fact returning.

  • NOLA Raider

    I really want the Raiders to beat the donks, but I fear that the only way that happens is a tragic bus accident on the way to the O.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    manassamauler Says:
    December 5th, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    December 5th, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    Plunketthead Says:
    December 5th, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Speaking of scumballs

    Mystic, You are not worthy of a response so enjoy wasting your time
    ========

    not sure why you are calling me names

    oh your butt hurt about palmer

    get over it palmer is toast

    >> hey mystic you know palmer is 10% black right?
    ============

    race baiting?

    what ever he is he stinks out loud and it is clear for the entire world to see that trade was a complete and utter disgrace.

    brown fleeced us

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    lol at u guys thought this stuff would stop after AL was gone?

  • Raiderbuck

    The denial means nothing. Any team will deny a rumor like that while a current coach is on the seat. It just means they aren’t doing it now.

  • fingers

    Their might be a dozen players on our team that care and will play hard tomorrow night… Those are the guys ill root for ….fk the Donkeys

  • The Big Banana

    One thing’s for sure. Raiders aren’t happy it got out, hence the strong wording.

  • CDERaider

    I’m out of town otherwise would be doing it myself, but I want to hear the ‘CHUCKY, CHUCKY, CHUCKY!!’ chant on TV. Rich Eisen called 95.7 the game today to ask about the Gruden rumor I assume he’ll comment about it – and if the fans are chanting, it would def be addressed by the commentators. Even if Gruden’s not coming back, anybody but DA – he sucks.

  • manassamauler

    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    December 5th, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    manassamauler Says:
    December 5th, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    December 5th, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    Plunketthead Says:
    December 5th, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Speaking of scumballs

    Mystic, You are not worthy of a response so enjoy wasting your time
    ========

    not sure why you are calling me names

    oh your butt hurt about palmer

    get over it palmer is toast

    >> hey mystic you know palmer is 10% black right?
    ============

    race baiting?

    what ever he is he stinks out loud and it is clear for the entire world to see that trade was a complete and utter disgrace.

    brown fleeced us

    >> naw you favor black Qbs, anybody that has read your posts knows this. But yeah Palmer is decent but not the franchise. and Hue jax fleeced us as it was his “Boy” from Cincy that we traded for. HUE pushed it and MD fell for the Hues stupid idea. the end

  • MaddenRaiderisadouchebag

    JONGRUDEN2013 Says:
    December 5th, 2012 at 5:28 pm
    I remember the Raiders denying any truth to rumors the were coming back to Oakland in 1995,..even up to the day before they announced they were in fact returning.

    ==============

    So is he coming back? Lemme know so I can dump Ricky’s ole lady before she dumps me for Jon Jon

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    One thing’s for sure. Raiders aren’t happy it got out, hence the strong wording.

    ————————————–

    BINGO! where there is smoke there is..u already know

  • manassamauler

    The Big Banana Says:
    December 5th, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    One thing’s for sure. Raiders aren’t happy it got out, hence the strong wording.

    >> exactly, they’re are disgusted because it was leaked during the season.

  • NOLA Raider

    Has a Raider put a good hit on any opposing team member this year besides TK after the whistle? What do we have to do to see someone on our D hit a guy on the other team so hard that his mamma gets a bruise? Forget DA. We need Chuck Norris for HC. No more blown hammies, just roundhouse kicks to the grill.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit Says:
    December 5th, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    lol at u guys thought this stuff would stop after AL was gone?
    =========

    i said it when he was alive and ill say it now

    this is simply par for the course in pro sports

    why anyone would be outraged or emotionally invested in how negotiations happen between coach and owner or owner and player is beyond me.

    the only people not part of the team that care are the agents and the perspective employees wife

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    bring back JOHN HERRERA!!

  • JLofty

    Yeah, the media can be tough to get behind sometimes. Competition can bring out the worst in folks rather more often than not….

  • JLofty

    F the Donkeys!!!
    JLofty wants to see hisself some DONKEY STOMPING, @$$ guts all OVER the Coli turf…

  • Purvisman/Intrepid// Full Disclosure

    JONGRUDEN2013 Says:
    I remember the Raiders denying any truth to rumors the were coming back to Oakland in 1995,..even up to the day before they announced they were in fact returning.=====

    And you were just as keyed in then as you are now.