Report | Raiders preparing to offer Jon Gruden head coach job

By | December 31, 2017

The Oakland Raiders are planning on offering Jon Gruden to become the team’s next head coach, according to Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen of ESPN. 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.

It appears it’s not merely a pipe dream for the Raiders to persuade Gruden to re-join the head coaching ranks, as the report mentions that Gruden will be tempted to accept the offer, but would choose to wait until the end of the 2017 season to make his decision.

The elephant in the room is that the Raiders currently have a head coach in Jack Del Rio. Not only is Del Rio the current man in charge, but he signed a contract extension to remain with the franchise last offseason.

Gruden would be returning to a place he has history, as he served as the head coach in Oakland from 1998-2001. He made the playoffs, and won a game in said playoffs in each of his final two years at the helm.

After departing from the Raiders, Gruden moved on to become the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2002-2008. His first year with the Bucs saw him with the lone Super Bowl of his career, defeating none other than the Raiders.

He currently serves as the color commentator during the Monday Night Football telecast, a job he has insisted he is happy in. He was recently sought after by the Tennessee Volunteers to become their head coach, before they hired Jeremy Pruitt.

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