Four games and ten years later, Jon Gruden again felt the taste of a victory in the National Football League. And it came this Sunday (30), the first since the head coach hit her return to the Oakland Raiders.
And it was not easy at all.
The 45-42 win over the Cleveland Browns at the Oakland Coliseum came just in overtime and was Gruden’s first league victory since November 30, 2008, when he was captain of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
It was also the first win of the Raiders coach since Oakland defeated the New York Jets in a playoff game on January 12, 2002.
That being the case, Gruden drew no less than the legendary Vince Lombardi in NFL coaching wins with 96 overall. Watch Oakland Raiders live stream free match from here.
Freshman kicker Matt McCrane hit a 29-yard field goal with 1min46s remaining in overtime to secure the Raiders’ first win of the 2018 season, improving the California franchise campaign to 1-3 and sending the Browns to 1-2-1. Raiders’ Jon Gruden reacts after coaching his first NFL game in nearly 10 years news from here.
McCrane, incidentally, came to the Raiders this week after Mike Nugent suffered an injury recently.
The Raiders were being beaten by a combined 64 to 17 in the second half of the first three games of the season and by 37 to 3 in the fourth quarter. This Sunday, however, the team showed reactive power and managed to beat the Browns even after losing 42-34.
The home team forced the overtime by walking 53 yards in six runs and 56 seconds, quarterback Derek Carr clocking pass with tight end Jared Cook to score his second touchdown of the day with 34 seconds remaining.
Carr then hit wide receiver Jordy Nelson to make the two-point conversion and tie the game.
In the first half of the game, running back Marshawn Lynch gave a heated address in his meeting with offensive line players and the motivational tactic seems to have worked. The RB finished the duel with 130 running yards in 20 loaded, his best mark since he ran for 140 yards with the Seattle Seahawks shirt on November 9, 2014, against the New York Giants.
Carr closed the game with 35 right passes from 48 to 437 yards and four touchdowns, suffering two interceptions. These interceptions made the signal caller reach seven in the season, the league’s worst record.
Gruden and the Raiders defeated Hue Jackson, a Browns coach who also led the Raiders. He had eight wins and eight losses in 2011 but was fired by general manager Reggie McKenzie.
Curiously, Gruden and Jackson were on the same technical committee at the University of the Pacific in 1989.