Jon Gruden has hilarious response to question about Raiders HC job

Simon Moss
January 3, 2018

Rapoport added that Gruden was assembling a coaching staff in anticipation of returning to coaching, one that includes his former QB, Rich Gannon.

Jack Del Rio was sacked on New Year's Eve after Oakland's loss to the Los Angeles Chargers, fueling rumors of Jon Gruden as the Raiders next head coach.

The Raiders are 6-9 entering their Week 17 finale. "There is no news to report", Gruden told ESPN on Saturday. For the first time this season it seemed Del Rio had lost the team as the effort just wasn't what it was in previous weeks.

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Gruden spent four seasons as coach in Oakland from 1998-2001. I take a lot every year from coaches, some others.

If the Raiders do offer Gruden an ownership stake, there is a huge catch - it must be approved by other National Football League owners and there is a good reason to think they would be reluctant to do so. But again, Gruden has not coached since 2008. Yeah, sometimes owners. Guys want to bounce ideas off me. "I spoke with [owner] Mark Davis after the game and Mark let me know that he's not going to be bringing me back".

The Colts fired Pagano on Sunday, less than two hours after they ended a 4-12 campaign with a 22-13 victory over the Texans, and the Raiders handed Del Rio a pink slip after his third year when the impressive turnaround job he engineered for his hometown team collapsed with a disappointing six-win season. From the announcement that the team would be relocating to Las Vegas, to first round pick Gareon Conley's legal issues, Donald Penn's holdout, letting Bill Musgrave go and handing a powerful offense to a rookie offensive coordinator in Todd Downing, and Derek Carr's broken back, there certainly were enough distractions to overcome. "I'm here to help people", Gruden said.

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