There’s no question the task was daunting. A depleted roster required an overhaul. The culture of losing that had taken root needed to be eviscerated.
On top of all that, the three-year process of moving the Raiders from their longtime home in Oakland to their future home in Las Vegas was just getting underway.
It was all a tall order indeed. But when the Raiders, an iconic NFL franchise, took a frank, brutally honest look at themselves, they decided to invest whatever resources were necessary to finally restore order.
Hence the 10-year contract to not only lure Jon Gruden back to the sideline from the broadcast booth but to assure him that the franchise was committed to do what was necessary to establish long-term success even if it caused short-term discomfort.