Jon Gruden's return to the Raiders is rapidly approaching

Sheri Evans
January 3, 2018

Sources have said Gruden has made calls to coaches around the National Football League in an attempt to put together his staff, although he has done the same in prior years but never followed through with an of the different opportunities that were presented to him. "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 Raiders are prepared to make a serious offer to Jon Gruden in hopes that he would return as head coach of the Raiders, according to an ESPN report.

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Gruden, 54, coached the Raiders to a 38-26 record over four seasons before being traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers by Al Davis in 2001.

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"(Del Rio) came here and changed the attitude of the whole program, the whole atmosphere", fullback Jamize Olawale said.

While the deal is not official yet, Schefter, along with Chris Mortensen, reported earlier on Sunday that the Raiders planned to aggressively pursue Gruden. Asked about Del Rio's job status. After leading the Raiders to a 13-3 record last season, Del Rio signed an extension. Del Rio had been the ninth coach in Oakland since Gruden left but the only one to get the team to the playoffs. We had a great first two years and this year was a big disappointment. He then went on to win the Super Bowl with the Bucs the very next year, beating Oakland in the process.

"Came to work with a smile every day, and definitely enjoyed playing for him, but it just sucks because he's the coach".

According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, however, there is only really a 50-50 chance of Del Rio being released at the end of the season.

Other reports by TheSundaySentinel

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