It can be difficult sometimes to know when Jon Gruden is joking or not. Sometimes he likes to mess with the media a little bit, so it’s important at times to be able to read the twinkle in his eye. Last week he responded to a question about the team drafting three players off the National Championship Clemson team by saying the Raiders coaching staff would be wearing Clemson gear at the team’s final Rookie minicamp practice.
“[W]e will wear Clemson gear as a staff on Sunday,” said Gruden. “We will have a staff photo wearing Clemson shirts and Raiders hats, so it will be a new tradition that we do every year.
And as it turns out, he was NOT joking.
In the center are the Raiders three Clemson drafted players, from left to right — 5th round receiver Hunter Renfrow, 4th overall pick defensive end Clelin Ferrell, and 2nd round pick cornerback Trayvon Mullen.
The coaches from left to right are senior defensive assistant coach Jim O’Neil, defensive quality control coach Travis Smith, assistant head coach and special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia, defensive line coach Brentson Buckner, defensive coordinator Paul Guenther, offensive coordinator Greg Olson, offensive quality control coach Tim Berbenich, head coach Jon Gruden, and assistant defensive backs coach Taver Johnson.
They weren’t just wearing it to pose for that picture, either. Many of the coaches wore the gear for the entire practice. Paul Guenther for instance, seen here with Clelin Ferrell.
Gruden went even further, saying that with the way Clemson is looking, they could be tapping the program again next year.
“I got this to say about Clemson; you got to watch all their tape because they are the best team in college football and they got a lot of good players at every position, and some of the underclassmen will keep us wearing that orange color next year I hope because they are loaded,” Gruden added.
The head coach kept his Clemson shirt on during practice, but put a black windbreaker over the top of it.
Unfortunately the tweeting of the staff decked out in Clemson orange led to this atrocity.