Briefs for December 31: Raiders fishing for Gruden

Sheri Evans
January 1, 2018

Their top target should they move on from head coach Jack Del Rio is none other than former Raiders coach Jon Gruden.

Gruden would be returning to a place he has history, as he served as the head coach in Oakland from 1998-2001. One person he has reportedly considered as a quarterbacks coach is Rich Gannon.

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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. With at least another year in Oakland and a future that consists of playing in a still-undetermined location for 2019 and Las Vegas as soon as 2020, the Raiders need sizzle and excitement - far more than what bringing Marshawn Lynch out of retirement did in 2017. I take a lot every year from coaches, some others. Gruden would win a Super Bowl with the 2002 Tampa Buccaneers, but has been out of coaching since 2008. Under Gruden, the Raiders managed to reach the AFC Championship Game in 2001, though they lost to the Baltimore Ravens.

An ownership source said owners might not be so quick to approve the deal, because they wouldn't want to establish a precedent. And there were the wacky rumors of Gruden going to Tennessee, which even involved a Knoxville BBQ joint apologizing for contributing to the rumors. The ESPN report states that the Raiders could even offer Gruden ownership stake in the team as a means to entice him to accept the role. His interest in rejoining the Raiders could be for two reasons. The list includes Jon and brother Jay Gruden, the Washington Redskins' head coach, - plus Del Rio. Gruden is prepping for commentary, he's not game planning - the difference needs to be distinguished. Gibbs has regularly done studio work breaking down National Football League film, not unlike Gruden does, and that didn't help him stay up to speed with the schemes and gameplans that had changed since the last time he coached. "Im here to help people". There is perhaps no name bigger than Gruden's out there on the coaching market, so it will be interesting to see where he ends up in 2018. And it's easy to understand why he keeps going back to ESPN.

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