If any head coach had high expectations coming into this season, Oakland Raiders coach Jack Del Rio would be one of the names to come up. But the ESPN color commentator played dumb Tuesday when asked whether he was being courted by Oakland. But, that doesn't look like it's going to stop the Oakland Raiders from potentially giving him too much.
"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. In his first season in Tampa, Gruden got his revenge as he led the Bucs to a 12-4 regular season and crushed the Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII, 48-21.
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All signs now point to the Raiders luring Jon Gruden from ESPN, with a rumored five-year, $50 million contract and possible part ownership of the team.
Gruden declined to specifically comment about the Raiders this past weekend, saying "there is no news to report".
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The Raiders are believed to be on the verge of hiring Jon Gruden, their coach from 1998-2001, as Del Rio's replacement. They were the upstarts a year ago and were hot going into the playoffs until Derek Carr busted his ankle.
Del Rio informed reporters after Sunday's season-ending loss to the Chargers that owner Mark Davis has informed Del Rio that a change is being made. He was wide receivers coach with the San Francisco 49ers and New Orleans Saints prior being hired as New York's offensive coordinator last March. ESPN first reported the likelihood of Gruden returning to Oakland on the eve of the season finale that Oakland lost.
Gruden is calling his final game of the season on Saturday, when the Titans and Chiefs meet in the wild-card round. So considering his history in Oakland, this could be a deal that works out and one that Schefter is reporting is in the works as we speak.
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"If I have to sit in the truck with my eyes closed, so be it". But again, Gruden has not coached since 2008.