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How would you feel about Jon Gruden and the future if you were a Raiders fan?

I know some of you will be very offended at the thought of being a Raiders fan. But the team across the bay (for now) is an always-interesting comparison.

The Oakland Raiders are a very interesting team at the moment, and most of it has to do with the players on the roster. Derek Carr, Khalil Mack, Amari Cooper and player like that. But every headline about the team this offseason, coming off an extremely disappointing 2017, has focused on the addition of Jon Gruden as head coach.

Gruden has been an ... interesting NFL personality in recent years. He does a pretty good job of explaining the concepts of plays, coverages, protections and things like that, but he also said a lot of really dumb, cliche things that most commentators do. I wouldn’t say I was a fan of his work in the booth, but he wasn’t bad.

As a coach, though, he’s pretty far removed from his best days, and I tend to fall in line with what my co-worker, Ryan Van Bibber, had to say about Gruden and where he’s going as coach of the Raiders. He’s spent a lot of time talking about a lot of things that I don’t think are at all relevant. I’d probably say it with a little less vitriol, as I have a little more patience, but it does have me wondering about Raiders fans themselves.

To me, there’s a lot of bluster when it comes to Gruden. I’m not doubting him outright so much as I need to be convinced. Raiders fans, though, seem to be all-in. Over at SB Nation’s Silver and Black Pride, there are a number of pieces to indicate this.

One of them took a look at the Raiders’ potential to contend in 2018, and had this to say, among other things:

But make no mistake, coaching is where things were the worst for the Raiders in 2017. So the hiring of Jon Gruden is the best thing that’s happened to the organization in a while. We already know how visiting other teams’ facilities as an ESPN analyst is an advantage. He also has a great staff and his offense, with a few new wrinkles, still works today.

The question is; how big of an impact can Gruden make and how soon? The new hires in 2017 have shown it’s very possible to turn a team into a contender right away.

The Raiders were supposed to be contenders in 2017. I am of the opinion that the NFL is a better place when the Raiders are good enough to be the bad guys again.

Another piece over there highlights how Gruden has talked about the past and how so much feels the same in the Raiders organization. That can be a good thing or a bad thing, but as the writer notes, “It’s kinda crazy for us too, Jon.”

Gruden is already making an impact with fans. He got one pumped in a bar when he talked to him about a conversation he had with running back Marshawn Lynch, a conversation where Gruden suggested that he wants Lynch to be better than he was in 2017.

Then you have fans over there pretty hyped to be buying a “Chucky’s back” shirt. It’s a nice looking shirt, I gotta say. Finally, taking a look at the article comments from the official news breaking that Gruden would be the next head coach, there’s some good stuff. Some people aren’t pleased, but for the most part, people are pumped.

Would you be?