Tuesday, 19 June, 2018

Jon Gruden confirms interest in Raiders job: 'I hope I'm a candidate'

Oakland Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio reacts during a news conference after an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Chargers Sunday Dec. 31 2017 in Carson Calif Jon Gruden confirms interest in Raiders job: 'I hope I'm a candidate'
Alonzo Parks | 03 January, 2018, 01:59

"I hope I'm a candidate", Gruden said.

"My understanding is they're interviewing candidates this week", Gruden told the Bay Area News Group, "and they're going to let everybody know sometime early next week or whenever they make their decision".

Since being fired by the Bucs after seven seasons as their head coach, Gruden has been most famous for his work as a commentator on ESPN's "Monday Night Football", among other programs.

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Jon Gruden is a wanted man.

National Football League finalizes New Orleans Saints' opponents for 2018 season
The Saints failed on an attempted fake field goal when kicker Wil Lutz was tackled one yard short of the first down. Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan picked up his 13th sack of the season, on a play that ended the first half.

The Daily News reported if Gruden does go to Oakland he might try to recruit Jets offensive coordinator John Morton to go with him and that NY will not stand in his way.

Jack Del Rio, who signed a contract extension last summer, is in trouble as the Raiders (6-9) have been the biggest disappointment in the AFC this season. Yet, following Oakland's 6-10 finish, including an bad regression on offense, owner Mark Davis apparently will go all in to pursue Gruden with his team just two years away from moving to Las Vegas.

Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano responds to a question during a news conference following an NFL football practice, Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, in Indianapolis. But again, Gruden has not coached since 2008.

Tom Flores was the first Hispanic coach to win a Super Bowl and the team also hired Hue Jackson as coach in 2011 and now employs Reggie McKenzie as general manager. If the rumors are accurate, it will be up to Gruden to recapture the magic which led to a 12-4 record previous year.

John Wooten, the head of the Fritz Pollard Alliance which monitors the NFL's minority hiring, said he is confident the Raiders will follow the rules and doesn't consider the process a sham despite reports Gruden would get the job before it even opened.

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