Raiders preparing to offer Jon Gruden head coach job

Tyler Owen
December 31, 2017

The elephant in the room is that the Raiders now have a head coach in Jack Del Rio. It's possible that one of those jobs could be in Oakland; and if the Raiders do decide to move on from Jack Del Rio, they will look to Jon Gruden to fill the vacancy. Additionally, Gruden has the same agent - Bob LaMonte - Del Rio does, and it's easy to see how that could create an awkward situation.

Per the report, "Gruden will be tempted to accept it, according to sources, but would prefer not to make any decisions until the regular season finishes Sunday and the Raiders make a final determination on their current head coach, Jack Del Rio, who signed a contract extension last summer". He was recently sought after by the Tennessee Volunteers to become their head coach, before they hired Jeremy Pruitt. That didn't materialize, and Gruden has continued in his job as a well-paid TV commentator. Gruden has been reluctant to return to the NFL in part because of a high-paying job with ESPN as the Monday Night Football analyst, and because he has been vocal in his distaste for NFLPA mandated restrictions on practice and training time in the off-season. Gruden's contract even could be backloaded to pay him more in the Nevada years of the deal and lessen his tax burden during the California years.

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Additionally, per the report Mark Davis has offered Gruden an ownership stake previously, which could potentially come into play again. "I dont want to sit here and speculate", Gruden told the network he works for. "This is insane", Gruden said in a phone interview. I cant say I havent taken any phone calls.

Every offseason, there are always rumors that Gruden is going to return to coaching. Yeah, sometimes owners. Guys want to bounce ideas off me. "I'm here to help people". Plus, Gruden has been unpredictable before, and when some thought he could make the jump to the National Football League, he didn't. He clearly knows the sport well, and he fielded at least a.500 team in eight of his 11 seasons as a head coach. He spent the next seven seasons with the Buccaneers, putting up a mediocre 57-55 mark but won a Super Bowl XXXVII against Oakland.

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