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Jon Gruden: 5 things you missed from Chucky's Raiders intro


By Matt Schneidman, Bay Area News Group

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

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ALAMEDA — If you couldn’t digest each and every tidbit of information from Tuesday’s proceedings, don’t fret.
Plenty transpired, from Jon Gruden talking Derek Carr to Mark Davis discussing his late father and much more.
Here are five things you might’ve missed among the extravaganza at Raiders headquarters for Gruden’s introduction.
Deuce Gruden is an animal, and he’s joining the Raiders staff
Jon Gruden’s son, a 23-year-old who stands only 5-foot-6 but about 180 pounds of pure muscle, is a weightlifting freak. He worked as an assistant strength and conditioning coach for Washington this season, where his uncle and Gruden’s brother, Jay, is the head coach.
Deuce said Tuesday after his dad’s introductory press conference that he’s joining the Raiders’ strength staff. Last year, Deuce won gold at the IPF World Powerlifting Championships in Belarus. He played college football at Lafayatte before joining the NFL business as a coach.
Deuce’s Instagram is a montage of him lifting weights many humans can’t. It’ll be interesting to see whether he challenges any Raiders to a lift-off next season. To leave you with a parting gift, here’s Deuce and noted strongman and NFL referee Ed Hochuli.
Mark Davis has a new idea for the weight room’s name
Asked about former Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio, Davis complimented the franchise turnaround Del Rio guided during his three years in Oakland.
In the three years prior to Del Rio’s arrival, the Raiders posted records of 4-12, 4-12 and 3-13. In Del Rio’s three years, the Raiders went 7-9, 12-4 and 6-10 with their first playoff appearance (in 2017) since 2002.
Davis pointed up to the ceiling of the weight facility where Gruden’s introductory press conference was held, and suggested it be named the “Jack Del Rio Performance Center.” Then again, it’ll only be around for two more years.
The Raiders interviewed a college coordinator for the head-coaching gig
“Interviewed” is used lightly because we all knew there was no chance anyone besides Gruden got the job.
Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie confirmed Tuesday he satisfied the Rooney Rule. He said they interviewed two minority candidates for the job, Oakland tight ends coach Bobby Johnson and USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin.
Martin, 39, quarterbacked the University of Tennessee to the 1998 National Championship after Peyton Manning went No. 1 in the 1998 draft out of Tennessee. Martin was rumored to be in contention for the recently vacant head-coaching gig at Tennessee, where McKenzie’s son played last season, but ultimately remained with the Trojans.
Gruden ignored the reports on air Saturday, but the Chiefs fans got to him
While calling the Chiefs-Titans playoff game for ESPN on Saturday afternoon, Gruden deflected multiple mentions made by broadcast partner Sean McDonough about taking the Raiders job.
It had already been reported that Gruden would be introduced on Tuesday in Alameda, but Gruden didn’t acknowledge the possibility until after the game ended. Game’s end was also the first time Charles Woodson, an ESPN analyst working the game and Gruden’s first pick in 1998, celebrated the hiring as well.
"I walked into Arrowhead Stadium earlier in the season twice for the Chiefs-Broncos game and the Chiefs-Redskins game and the fans were really nice to me,” Gruden said. “And when I walked into the stadium the other day, it was like 1999 all over again. But I love the AFC West. I love the natural rivalries that have been around since I was a kid. But I was split certainly and my juices got going when those Chiefs fans started taunting me."
Finally someone admitted Derek Carr’s injury might’ve (partially) caused his struggles
Again and again, Carr vehemently denied that his back injury suffered Week 4 in Denver lingered for the rest of the season.
Carr suffered three transverse process fractures that afternoon and only missed one game. One fracture alone takes 2-6 weeks to heal. Put two and two together, and one might think Carr’s short absence led to struggles later in the season.
Nobody within the Raiders has publicly addressed that possibility until Gruden did Tuesday.
“Obviously, Derek got hurt earlier in the season against the Denver Broncos,” Gruden said. “Three broken bones in your back, I think that is a reasonable reason why you might not have the same season you had a year ago.”