Oakland Raiders Eyeing Jon Gruden

Posted January 01, 2018

Gruden did not directly comment on the report when he was quoted in the story. I cant say I havent taken any phone calls.

During Shell's first tenure with the Raiders, the team leaned heavily on the rushing attack behind the styles of all-time greats Bo Jackson, Marcus Allen, Roger Craig and even Eric Dickerson got in on the action with 15 starts in 1992 at 32 years old. ESPN first reported Oakland's intentions.

Now in the market for a new head coach, the Raiders figure to be focused on finding a boss who can maximize the deep pool of talent they've collected on that side of the ball over the past few years.

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Oakland's top brass must be growing frustrated of Del Rio's performance with the Raiders not making the playoffs for the second time in three years under Del Rio. Yeah, sometimes owners. Guys want to bounce ideas off me. Unlike that debacle we all saw go down with the Tennessee Volunteers in the SEC, this linking to Gruden back with the Silver and Black could have some teeth to it.

Gruden coached Oakland for four seasons from 1998 to 2001, finishing his stint with the team with a 38-26-0 regular season record and a 5-4 slate in the playoffs.

After signing a contract extension last offseason, Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio has been fired. "I'm here to help people". After making the playoffs a year ago, many expected the team to take a big step forward.

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Gruden led the Bucs to the 2002 Super Bowl, defeating the Raiders a season after he was traded from Oakland to Tampa Bay following the Bucs' decision to fire Tony Dungy.

Vea, in the team's worst-kept secret, confirmed to The Seattle Times that he is planning to hire an agent in the coming days and declare for the National Football League draft. Gruden was in the booth for his final Monday Night Football game of the season last week in Philadelphia, when the Eagles hosted Davis' Raiders.

But it might be a different home that Gruden goes back to next season. Which actually gives him less experience than Simms, who spent a year as a coaching assistant with the Patriots. There is perhaps no name bigger than Gruden's out there on the coaching market, so it will be interesting to see where he ends up in 2018.

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The reasons for the Buccaneers deciding to keep coach Dirk Koetter possibly are becoming clearer.