Jon Gruden will replace Jack Del Rio as Raiders head coach

03 January, 2018, 01:59 | Author: Tina Rodriquez
  • Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr throws a pass during the first half of the team's NFL football game against the Los Angeles Chargers Sunday Dec. 31 2017 in Carson Calif

"My understanding is they're interviewing candidates this week and they're going to let everybody know sometime early next week or whenever they make their decision", Gruden said.

On the final day of the regular season, the Indianapolis Colts' Chuck Pagano and Oakland Raiders' Jack Del Rio became the latest head coaches to fall victim to the annual firing squad.

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After Raiders owner Mark Davis unceremoniously pulled the plug on the Del Rio era on Sunday afternoon, team ownership was reportedly "confident" that Gruden would assume the Oakland post once again, per Rapoport.

Gruden declined to specifically comment about the Raiders this past weekend, saying "there is no news to report". The Raiders seem more likely to keep him around for one more year, not only because they gave him a four-year extension but also to try and prove that this year's disappointment wasn't the norm.

So the question is, if Gruden isn't coming to Tampa then where will he go?




On Monday, the Detroit Lions axed coach Jim Caldwell, who finished the season with a 9-7 record but missed the playoffs for the second time in three years.

Gruden has spent the past nine seasons working as an announcer for ESPN and is scheduled to work the playoff game Saturday in Kansas City between the Chiefs and Tennessee Titans.

The Raiders fired coach Jack Del Rio on Sunday following the team's noncompetitive 30-10 road loss to the Los Angeles Chargers, the coach confirmed in his postgame news conference.

Even though Gruden has been hesitate in the past to return to coaching, he will have enough power within the organization that he can reshape the entire front office and coaching staff, though some holdovers still remain from his first time coaching the team. The Raiders must comply with the "Rooney Rule" and interview at least one minority candidate during the hiring process.

His Tampa Bay Buccaneers did win a Super Bowl back in 2002. It seems all that needs to happen before Gruden's hiring is made official is the satisfaction of the Rooney rule and Gruden calling the National Football League playoff game for ESPN this coming weekend.

"I trust the integrity of Mark Davis and Reggie and what they have done", Pollard said.

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