By Will Reeve Jr.
Raiders coach Jon Gruden did give an answer when asked what it meant to him to finally return to the sidelines Tuesday during veteran minicamp, but he purposefully kept his reply short to avoid getting emotional.
“It’s great. I came back to coach. I’m excited to be here. I’ve said that from Day 1. I consider it a great responsibility. The practice field has always been a laboratory for a coach.
That’s where we earn our pay, I think. We have to develop this team. We have to learn a lot about them quickly. We have a lot of things to teach. A lot of areas to improve. It was fun to be out there. I don’t want to be too deep or philosophical. I might start crying,” Gruden said during media availability Tuesday.
But Gruden’s understanding of the moment hasn’t softened him one iota as the coach was in full throat screaming out play calls and even throwing curveballs at quarterback Derek Carr to see what he could handle Day 1.
“We tried to give him [Carr] some audibles, different situations on the very first day, he didn’t blink. He’s a real, real good player. We just have to do our part as coaches, and we have to improve the positions around him,” Gruden said when asked about his thoughts on his new...