Mark Davis was the most excited to finally see Jon Gruden return to the sidelines, but it seems the rest of the NFL had been impatiently waiting for his return.
New Raiders DC Paul Guenther said "Cincinnati made a strong push to keep me there," but chance to work with Jon Gruden was "an opportunity I couldn't refuse."
— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) January 17, 2018
The Raiders snapped Paul Guenther from the Bengals, where is his contract had expired. With Marvin Lewis returning as Cincinnati’s head coach, he wanted Guenther to come back as his defensive coordinator.
Guenther chose a lateral move to Oakland to be Gruden’s defensive coordinator.
So did special teams coordinator Rich Bissacia, who left the Cowboys after four seasons of running Dallas’ special team.
Four position coaches are reportedly coming to coach under Gruden without a promotion. Tom Cable will move from Seattle’s offensive line coach to become Oakland’s. Jemal Singleton was the Colts’ running backs coach; he’ll have the same role with the Raiders. Plus Bears’ tight ends coach Frank Smith is going to be Gruden’s tight ends coach.
Edgar Bennett is moving down from Green Bay’s offensive coordinator role to be the Raiders’ wide receivers coach.
Instead of having to promote coaches from lesser roles to come be a part of a new staff in Oakland, Gruden has convinced coaches to make lateral moves.
All of it stems from Guenther’s thought process. Coaching with Gruden is an opportunity too good to pass up.
A nine-year break from coaching might be a major hurdle for Gruden to overcome, but he has been able to sway coaches around the league to come under his wing.
Tyler Bischoff hosts Coaches Corner on AM 720 KDWN Monday through Friday at 6:00 pm.