Thursday, 18 January, 2018

Raiders to pursue Jon Gruden

FILE-Oakland Raiders coach Jon Gruden yells to his team while officials review a play in the second half against the Kansas City Chiefs in Kansas City Mo. in this Oct 15 2000 Raiders to pursue Jon Gruden
Chelsea Rogers | 31 December, 2017, 07:24

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported Saturday, citing sources, that the Oakland Raiders are prepared to make a large offer to their former head coach.

According to the ESPN report, the Raiders' offer to Gruden could include an ownership stake in the team.

Gruden was forced out of the organization in 2001 and "traded" to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

But he also coached the Raiders from 1998 to 2001, and the Davis family - now led by Mark, not his father Al - still owns the team.

Del Rio did a very good job two years ago leading Oakland to a 12-win season and an AFC West title, but thanks to an assortment of injuries and a less-than-stellar this year the Raiders may be planning to move on.

The sentimental pull of hiring Gruden is obvious.

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Why would Gruden want the Raiders job?

. A large number of Raiders fans would likely welcome him back with open arms.

But this time, Gruden would be given enough power in Oakland to be able to reshape the front office, coaching staff and entire organization, though there still are some holdovers from when he coached there. "This is insane", Gruden said in a phone interview.

Gruden works for ESPN as a football analyst and was in the "Monday Night Football" booth for the Raiders' Christmas loss at Philadelphia. If he offers ownership again, all 32 National Football League owners will have to approve the proposed contract between Gruden and the Raiders.

"I don't want to sit here and speculate", Gruden told the network. Chances are that, at some point over the weekend, Gruden spoke directly with Raiders owner Mark Davis. I cant say I havent taken any phone calls. He's making $6.5 million annually to talk about football, and not have the insane stress that comes with being an NFL head coach. Yeah, sometimes owners. Guys want to bounce ideas off me. "Im here to help people".

Here's a bit more on why Gruden might be tempted to accept this position.

Has Gruden said anything about this?

.

But Gruden continues to insist that it is nothing more than talk, as there has been talk in other years about his possible return that didn't come to pass. This year, there are many sources who believe the Raiders are preparing to make another offer so enticing that it will be hard for Gruden to turn down.

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