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Jon Gruden putting some of his “Buccaneers Band” back together

Roy Cummings



Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Having been reintroduced as the Raiders head coach on Tuesday, the task now for Jon Gruden is assemble his coaching staff.

And not surprisingly, just like being the “rock and roll” fan that he is, Gruden is looking to put some of his “Buccaneers Band” back together.

When last we saw Gruden on the sidelines, it was in Tampa Bay in 2008. And his new Raiders coaching staff is already displaying connection to that staff with the Bucs.

Gruden announced Tuesday afternoon that his offensive coordinator will be Greg Olson. Olson should be a familiar name, as he has previously been the offense of coordinator of the Raiders from 2012-14. More importantly for this situation, he was Gruden’s quarterback coach his final year in Tampa Bay. He stayed on with new coach Raheem Morris, after Gruden was dismissed, and was the Buccaneers offensive coordinator from 2009-11.

Olson spent this past year in Los Angeles with the Rams, as Jared Goff’s quarterback coach and helped with his rapid development in year two.

Next, Gruden announced Tuesday that current Cowboys Special Teams Coordinator Rich Bisaccia will be coming with him. Biasaccia was the Special Teams coordinator for the Buccaneers Gruden’s entire seven years in Tampa Bay. It’s also well-known that he’s one of Gruden’s best friends in all of coaching, and so, that move is a natural. Bisaccia is a fiery leader in the Special Teams room, players will gravitate to his personality and Gruden knows that.

As for defensive coordinator Gruden is hiring Paul Guenther, who is late of the Cincinnati Bengals in the same position. Guenther was not with Gruden in Tampa Bay, or in Oakland, but obviously, is his hand-picked choice to lead a Raiders defense that regressed and was poor at times in 2017.

Gruden also made it clear Tuesday that he was moving quickly off of a predetermined list along with GM Reggie McKenzie to make position coach hires, shortly.

One intriguing name that had been on Gruden’s Tampa Bay staff and was available was Gus Bradley, who was the Chargers defensive coordinator last year. However, it looks as though Bradley is remaining in L.A.

Some of the position coaches may have connections to his former staff in Tampa Bay, or may go all the way back to his original days with the Raiders

It cannot be emphasized enough that the individual instruction from those coaches will be critical to the Raiders taking the next steps.

And, being familiar with or having coach with Gruden and his style is something that’s obviously important to the new Raiders boss.

Roy Cummings is a native of Chicago, Illinois who grew up in the suburb of Lombard. He and his family later moved to Lakeland, Florida, where Roy attended high school at Kathleen High. He graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor's Degree in Mass Communications in 1983 and immediately went to work for the Tampa Tribune. After five years working in a Polk County bureau covering everything from high school sports to college football to the Orlando Magic of the NBA, Roy moved back to Tampa and became the Tribune's first beat writer for the Tampa Bay Lightning, covering the team from its inception through the first eight years on the ice. He was then moved to the Buccaneers beat, where he stayed until the paper was folded in May, 2016. A two-time Florida Sports Writer of the Year, Roy has extensive experience covering all Tampa professional sports teams, including the Tampa Bay Rays.

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