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LIVE BLOG: Raiders introduce Jon Gruden

LIVE BLOG: Raiders introduce Jon Gruden

Programming note: Coverage of Jon Gruden's introductory press conference from Alameda can be seen here today at 11:50 a.m. on NBCSportsBayArea.com 

A few quotes from Jon Gruden's introductory press conference fom Alameda on Tuesday, January 9:  

12:04pm -- Mark Davis -- "Raiders Nation, this is a big f'ing deal!"

12:05pm -- Jon Gruden introduced, acknowledges family and Charles Woodson, saying, "Tom Brady fumbled that ball!" -- in reference to the famous "Tuck Rule" game from 2002 in New Englend. 

12:07 p.m. -- Gruden announces his coordinators -- Guenther from KC (DC), Olson from LA Rams (OC), and Rick Bissacia (Special Teams) from the Cowboys. 

12:12 p.m. -- Gruden keeps perspecitve -- "I haven't won a game since 2008...I have a lot to prove."

12:15 p.m. -- Gruden -- "We're gonna look at our roster carefully. Do we have a fullback? ...time to lock the doors and get to work!"  

12:17 p.m. -- Gruden -- "I know people will want to step on me and beat me."

12:19 p.m. -- Gruden -- "We've got to improve every area of our football team and it starts with me." 

12:20 p.m. -- Gruden -- "That's how this organization rolls -- it's about winning." 

12:23 p.m -- Mark Davis -- "It's the biggest day of my life."

12:24 p.m.-- Gruden thanks all of his former players (Woodson) in attendance. "And some of you guys were on time!" (laughter)

12:26 p.m. -- Gruden -- "I never wanted to leave! Let's get going!" 

12:27 p.m. -- Gruden -- "There are some real positive traits to build on (with the current roster)."

12:28 p.m. -- Gruden -- "I've never met Marshawn. I'm looking forward to sitting down with him." 

12:30 p.m. -- Mark Davis -- "Money was never the issue (when speaking with Gruden about the job)." 

12:33 p.m. -- Gruden says he's kept "good people close" over the years -- which led him to reunite and hire coordinators Olson, Guenther and Bissacia.

12:35 p.m. -- Gruden says his "juices started flowing" when Chiefs fans started taunting him in KC last weekend.

12:37 p.m. -- Gruden says he wants to finish his coaching career with the Raiders.

 

Jon Gruden, Raiders seeking solid third option behind Amari Cooper, Jordy Nelson

Jon Gruden, Raiders seeking solid third option behind Amari Cooper, Jordy Nelson

ALAMEDA -- Amari Cooper and Jordy Nelson are locked into the Raiders starting lineup. They have been both dynamic and steady during training camp.

Receivers behind them on the depth chart haven’t been so strong.

Head coach Jon Gruden wants better from those guys.

“Hopefully someone can step up and will clearly emerge as the third receiver,” Gruden said Monday after practice. “… We need somebody to step up in that room this week.”

The Raiders will run a game-like practice week heading into Friday’s exhibition against the Green Bay Packers, and regulars will play an extended stretch.

Game performance could lift someone above the rest. The third receiver typically works in the slot, a spot Ryan Switzer manned during the offseason program and early in camp.

Griff Whalen has taken that spot over the last week.

Martavis Bryant is the most talented receiver, maybe in the entire group, but has been slow to absorb the offense and learn multiple receiver positions. Gruden has called him out on that, and has him working primarily with the second and third units.

There will be a competitive battle for receiver jobs, but it’s expected that Bryant and Switzer will end up taking control of snaps behind Cooper and Nelson. That isn’t guaranteed, however. Gruden wants more consistency and production from his wideouts.

“There has been some good and some, I don’t want to say bad, but there have been some ups and downs typical in training camp,” Nelson said. “Sometimes guys come out of the blocks fast and then slow down. Sometimes start slow and then pick it up. The main thing is being consistent.

“Keep reminding them that you can’t let the roller coaster get to you. You’re going to have good days and bad ones. You’re going to run good routes and bad routes. You have to continue to improve and continue to grind. If you do that, you’ll get the results you want.”

The Raiders need more from the slot, which could be an important role with threats on the outside. The competition there is an important one that quarterback Derek Carr is watching closely.

“Yeah, a couple of them are new, fighting for that spot. A couple have been banged up. So, I think we’re all sitting there excited to see what happens,” Carr said. “They’re all, I think, healthy. We’ll see. I think they’re all mentally ready, physically ready. Hopefully come game time, we can sit there and we can evaluate that spot. Because, obviously it’s important.

"When you have guys like Martavis or [Amari Cooper] Coop or Jordy on the outside, you have Jared [Cook] on the inside, someone is hopefully going to get a good matchup on the other side and in the slot, wherever we put them. We have to figure that out and it’ll be exciting. I’m just excited to watch how that goes this week, preparation-wise and then in the game.”

Watch Marshawn Lynch's tee shot that earned him MVP of Klay Thompson's golf tourney

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Watch Marshawn Lynch's tee shot that earned him MVP of Klay Thompson's golf tourney

Marshawn Lynch is much better at driving a golf cart than he is at driving a golf ball. 

The Raiders running back, of course, famously took an injury cart for a spin in 2006 after a win when he was at Cal. On Sunday, he took to the links, playing alongside Klay Thompson at the Thompson Family Foundation Golf Tournament in San Francisco.

Thompson gave a look at Lynch's "form" on his Instagram story, and the result was not pretty. 

Courtesy: @klaythompson/Instagram

That won't be considered solid, let alone way too solid, by anybody. Thompson told the Bay Area News Group's Mark Medina that he wants to improve his golf game, and it's probably best if he doesn't turn to Lynch for advice.