New England Patriots

Forget the 10-year, $100 million contract the Oakland Raiders offered to lure Jon Gruden out of the Monday Night Football broadcast booth, moving to Las Vegas, or carrying on the old school tradition Al Davis instilled in everything about the Raiders.

It’s New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady that’s apparently pushed Gruden to return to the Oakland sidelines.

In an in-depth interview with Bleacher Report, Gruden detailed everything about his return to football, but had video coach Joe Harrington put together film on the Patriots’ Brady for a session on the mental toughness aspect of an NFL legend.

“He can’t run, can’t jump, he’s too old,” Gruden said during a film session featuring the 41-year-old Brady. “He gets his ass knocked off. But he’s a Terminator. He ran me out of Oakland in the Tuck Game. Damn. He brought those bastards back in a two-minute drill to beat us in a driving snow. They didn’t do anything the whole night until the game was on the line.

“And here I am 20 years later, and guess who’s still there. That’s why I’m back.”

That loss in snowy Foxboro would indeed be Gruden’s last game as the head coach of the Raiders, though it was a result of a trade (not a firing) that landed him in Tampa Bay and gave the Raiders four top-64 draft picks and $8 million in cash.

Unfortunately for Gruden, who won a Super Bowl with the Buccaneers in 2003, his Raiders will not match up with Brady and the Patriots in the regular season. That matchup actually came last season, and saw Brady absolutely carve the Oakland defense up to the tune of a 30-of-37 performance for 340 yards and three touchdowns in a 33-8 final in Mexico City.

And Gruden’s pursuit of dethroning Brady as the AFC’s top threat seemingly hits a significant bump in the road with the realization that the 55-year-old Gruden just traded his best defensive player (linebacker Khalil Mack) due to a contract dispute.