OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – Jon Gruden has cut his teeth with officials, worked closely with quarterbacks, and was revered by the Oakland Raiders fans.
It was as if he had never left the Coliseum.
Jon Gruden was a winner in his return to the sideline for Oakland when the Raiders got a touchdown pass from Connor Cook in a 16-10 win over the Detroit Lions on Friday night.
"It was great," he said. I saw a few recognizable faces that had gotten a bit older. I have seen some old friends who mean a lot to me. As I said, that's a big responsibility. The nostalgia has subsided. We have to do something with the opportunity. But it was great to see the Raiders fans. "
Gruden was warmly welcomed as Raiders Coach for his first game here after defeating the Jets in a January 12, 2001 playoff game. Gruden was sold to Tampa Bay after this season and spent the last nine years as an ESPN analyst.
Raiders owner Mark Davis lured Gruden back to the sideline with a $ 10 million 10-year deal following a disappointing six-win win under Jack Del Rio.
The Gruden era seemed to get off to a rousing start when Marshawn Lynch ran 60 yards for a TD on the third snap, but the score was recalled by rookie tackle Kolton Miller on a holding error.
"I was really upset after seeing that I was called back," Gruden said. & # 39; & # 39; Chucky came out for a brief moment tonight. & # 39; & # 39;
Oakland opted for a punt on the single ride with start quarterback Derek Carr, but scored three times in five rides with Cook at the wheel. Cook threw a 7-yard TD pass to Ryan Switzer in the second quarter and led Oakland through rookie Eddy Pineiro to two field goals. Cook finished 11 for 19 for 141 yards.
The Lions also welcomed a new coach in Matt Patricia, who decided to relax star quarterback Matthew Stafford, who had two days working together against Oakland.
"We did a lot of good work this week," said Patricia. He took many repetitions and saw many different looks. The goal was to come here and get some of the different team tempo pieces and have it scribbled and slightly controlled. I just thought that today was a good opportunity to have the other guys move out. "
Matt Cassel got the start and went 10 for 18 for 81 yards, leading Detroit to a result on three drives, with Ameer Abdullah capping it with a 1-yard TD run. Jake Rudock finished 12 for 19 for 84 yards.
Lynch once again sat during the national anthem. Lynch also sat for the entire season for the anthem, but never gave a reason for his decision. During the anthem no other players from both teams demonstrated, and the Lions were all standing with their arms closed.
Lions second round RB Kerryon Johnson showed good burst, ran for 34 yards on seven carries and added four catches for 33 yards.
"For me it did not play enough in the beginning, in the end it did not play enough," said Johnson. "I still have some work to do, we still have work to do, it was the first game, the first game is annoying for everyone."
The Raiders also had a strong performance from a second round pick with DT P.J. Hall to get a sack and hit a pass in the first half. Oakland undrafted free agent RB Chris Warren III ran 13 times for 86 yards.
Raiders CB Antonio Hamilton limped twice in the second half with an obvious ankle injury.
There was a penalty under the new rule forbidding players to use their helmets. Oakland S Karl Joseph was called in the second quarter for violating an attack on Abdullah.
FROM THE DIRT
Pineiro's second field goal came at the end of the first half, after Gruden had called for a run that lifted Piniros 48-yarder from infield dirt. Pineiro added a 45-yard field goal from the muck in the fourth quarter. The Raiders will play at least one game in the regular season this season, using the infield dirt for Oakland Athletics games.
"I remember when we called (Janikowski) (Janikowski), it was like being on a strange planet when he came here and started throwing away the dirt," Gruden said of Oakland's first election in 2000. We did it can manage to get him a few glances.
Lions: Host Giants on August 17.
Raiders: Visit Rams on August 18th.
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