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Jon Gruden to Raiders is like NFL coming to L.A.: a bit of a longshot

Sixteen years ago, before they hired Jon Gruden, the Oakland Raiders got a frigid dose of reality from the agent of the little-known, teenage-looking coach. "Nobody's lining up for this job," said agent Bob LaMonte, essentially delivering an ice-bucket challenge over the head of legendary Raiders owner Al Davis. While others tiptoed, LaMonte stomped through the smoldering rubble of Joe Bugel's 4-12 season and said: "The Raiders aren't one year away from the Super Bowl, they're four games away from zero wins." We all know the story from there. Gruden got the job, brought the Raiders to the brink of an AFC title, got traded to Tampa Bay, and, in...