The Oakland Raiders will pursue Jon Gruden, the former National Football League head coach and current ESPN analyst, with an offer to return to coaching that may even include ownership in the team, said several media reports on Saturday. That record, coupled with the major step back Oakland took this year, may end up costing coach Jack Del Rio his job.
Gruden was the head coach of the Raiders from 1998-2001, before taking over the reins as head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, replacing Tony Dungy.
Gruden also denied a report that Oakland offered him an ownership stake as part of its negotiations. "We have to take our ownership as players and I think that's where we're at right now".
It's looking more and more as if the Raiders will rehire Jon Gruden as their head coach, ESPN.com reported Monday, the morning after Jack Del Rio was sacked following Oakland's season-ending 30-10 loss to the Chargers.
Rumors about Gruden's return to the sidelines have been going on ever since he entered the booth, and it always seemed like a matter of when not if he chose to take a job.
"I think there's a good chance", Gruden told Golic. "I spoke with [owner] Mark Davis after the game and Mark let me know that he's not going to be bringing me back". Oakland is scheduled to move to Las Vegas as soon as 2019. "I'm here to help people", Gruden said. Many changes are expected over the next few weeks, and Raider Nation can't wait to see how it all unfolds. Del Rio went 12-4 with the Raiders in 2016, ending a 14-year playoff drought, and signed a contract extension prior to the 2017 season.
Before hiring Gruden, the Raiders would need to interview a minority candidate to satisfy the NFL's "Rooney Rule" or be subject to a fine. "There is no news to report", Gruden told ESPN this weekend. What have they got? Gruden is talking about how the offense at Fresno State and Carr's playing style is different than that of his brother David, the No. 1 overall pick by the Houston Texans in 2002. Unfortunately for Del Rio, it is a problem no more. "We wish them all the best".