The Raiders broke ground in 2020 when they became the first NFL team in Las Vegas. The move turned out to be a massive success as the team was the #1 NFL team in gate net revenue, generating $119 million per Front Office Sports. It is becoming clear that Las Vegas is a goldmine for the world of sports where NBA and MLB teams can also join the market in the future.
In the meantime, the city will add the XFL team. The NFL Alternative Football League is being restarted by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Danny Garcia. There will only be eight teams to start and one of them will be in Las Vegas. Although the team doesn’t have a name yet, it will have a strong connection to the Raiders.
NFL Hall of Famer and former Raiders defensive back Rod Woodson will be the head coach of the Las Vegas XFL team.
Woodson has been trying to make his name in coaching since 2010 and was a head coach for the Raiders in 2011 and 2017. He is one of the greatest defensive players in NFL history but it remains to be seen how he will perform as head coach. At the very least, he brings a lot of oomph and star power to the Las Vegas XFL team.
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Woodson tore Jon Gruden after being shot
When Jon Gruden was hired by the Raiders in 2018, he was mostly cleaning the house. There have been extensive changes made to the coaching staff and roster. Woodson was causal as he was fired upon hiring Groden. Instead of taking the highway, the Hall of Famer stormed the bus again in 2018.
“I understand Groden, who’s great at his TV gig, did some great things as a coach, but he only won 53 percent of his games,” Woodson said on Fox Sports 1: Ten years $100 million. I hope Mark Davis is out. My question would be, how many Super Bowls should you win for $100 million? You are giving this deal to Bill Belichick. But for Jon Gruden? It’s hard for me to understand.”
Four years later, Woodson was clearly not wrong in his assessment of Gruden. He went 22-31 while returning to the raiders and quit after a number of abusive emails leaked to the media. Owner Mark Davis might have been better off if he had listened to people like Woodson.
Woodson hasn’t trained since Mission Raiders
Just because Woodson was right about Gruden doesn’t mean he’d be a great coach. He has yet to get another job after he was fired by the raiders in 2018. It may be more because of the way he handled his firing than his job performance.
Although the XFL is not the NFL, Woodson will have his best chance yet to show his coaching ability. If he can build a really good team in Las Vegas, maybe he’ll start getting the NFL look again.
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