I’ve heard some media people say it’s different this time; it’s infighting with the big egos of Belichick and Brady battling, and Kraft trying to mediate, as opposed to battling with the commissioner and the league office.
Limited Youth Brandon Mebane Jersey After an Eagles punt and a Bears three-and-out, Eagles second-year quarterback Carson Wentz gets hot. He finds Zach for nine yards, then Alshon Jeffery for 14. On first and 10 from the 17, Wentz drops back, cycles through his progressions and fires over the middle to Zach, who’s thrown off his defender with a head fake to the sideline and a cut to the post. It’s Ertz’s seventh touchdown catch of the season. Over in the 100 sections, the Ertz ladies along with their guests, Horner and his wife, Danielle, explode.
Zach, who missed Authentic Michael Floyd Jersey one game due to a strained hamstring in the first week of November, will avoid any punishing blows for the next three hours. A pocket of the family section gets a scare when LeGarrette Blount, Ertz’s new teammate, hurdles a defender late in the first half during a 22-yard run for a first down. While the rest of the stadium erupts at the sight, the Blount family, sitting a row in front of the Ertzes, and their immediate neighbors flinch and wince.
You can always tell you’re around player’s families when that sort of thing happens, Julie says, because the reaction is very different. It’s amazing to see what these athletic men can do, but you don’t like to see that when it’s your family. (The following week at Seattle, Zach would suffer a concussion that caused him to miss a game.)
After a video montage of his first tenure , Gruden told a room packed with reporters, cameras and former players how emotional and excited he was to have another opportunity.
Obviously this is very emotional for me. I never wanted to leave the Raiders. I never thought I’d be back. But here I am and I’m ready to get to work, Gruden said. I love football, I love the players that play it and I love the journey.
The Raiders touted Gruden’s hire as unfinished business after Gruden went 38-26 in four seasons as the team’s coach from 1998-2001.
Gruden was traded to the Buccaneers before the 2002 season and won the Super Bowl in his first season, beating the Raiders in Super Bowl 37. Gruden spent seven seasons as the Bucs coach but was fired following the 2008 season after a 9-7 season. He compiled a 57-55 record in Tampa and had worked for ESPN since 2009.
I’ve wanted to come back. I’ve prepared to come back. I’m ready for another challenge, and I’m eager to prove I can do it, Gruden said with his trademark arching eyebrows and scowl. I have a lot to prove. I haven’t won a game since 2008, but I haven’t lost one either.
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All I know is this year I’m coaching in Oakland, he said. How long I stay here will be determined by how well we play.