Jon Gruden was introduced as the Oakland Raiders’ new head coach today and it came with some laughs. Gruden coached the Raiders from 1998-2001 and was part of one of the most controversial playoff games of all time. He also didn’t hesitate to address it in his introductory press conference with the Raiders today.
The Raiders faced the Oakland Raiders in a 2001 AFC divisional matchup. Late in the second half, Tom Brady appeared to have fumbled the ball but offocials concluded that he was attempting to tuck the ball in to protect himself during the sack by Charles Woodson. The final ruling was an incomplete pass that put New England into field goal range. Kicker Adam Vinatieri tied the game and helped the Pats win it in overtime. Gruden said today that Brady did fumble the ball.
Many feel that Gruden can help change the culture of the Raiders and transform the organization into a winning foundation. His second stint in Oakland (or maybe when the team moves to Las Vegas) could also help him possibly get revenge on the Patriots for the Tuck Rule Game.
Flip the page to watch Gruden’s introductory press conference with the Raiders.