Former Oakland Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon told 95.7 The Game on Wednesday that he turned down an opportunity to be the team’s quarterbacks coach under Jon Gruden.
Gannon played three seasons (1999-2001) for Gruden during the coach’s first stint with the Raiders. He was one of many former Raiders to attend Gruden’s introductory news conference Tuesday.
“I really came to my senses probably on the flight up there yesterday to go to the press conference and just realized that to work alongside Jon Gruden, it takes a special person,” Gannon said during the radio interview. “It takes a person with great energy, passion and commitment and, more importantly, time. I didn’t think it would be fair to myself, my family or even to Jon not to be all in with him, and so, we talked this morning. I think he understood that.”
Gannon was a four-time Pro Bowler in his six seasons with Oakland and won NFL MVP in 2002. The 17-year NFL veteran said he plans to be available for Raiders minicamps and training camps to lend a hand to quarterback Derek Carr.
–Field Level Media