Oakland Raiders fire head coach Jack Del Rio

Posted January 03, 2018

At this point, it seems a foregone conclusion that the Oakland Raiders will be hiring Jon Gruden for a second go-round heading into the 2018 season.

Del Rio said owner Mark Davis told him after the team's season-ending 30-10 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday that he would not be retained as coach in Oakland. "I'm here to help people", Gruden said. "There is no news to report". Yeah, sometimes owners. Guys want to bounce ideas off me.

"I don't want to sit here and speculate".

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He said the Oakland Raiders are his childhood team and he appreciated the opportunity to serve as head coach. This year, he talked openly about a return to the sidelines and there was speculation - primarily wishful thinking from University of Tennessee fans - that he would leave ESPN to coach the Volunteers.

Two weeks ago, Aaron Rodgers made a not-so-thinly veiled plea to general manager Ted Thompson about getting a new contract done with his No. 1 wide receiver, Davante Adams.

According to multiple reports, the Chicago Bears parted ways with John Fox, who went 14-34 in three seasons after signing a four-year deal back in 2015.

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In the final game of his Husky career, junior defensive lineman Vita Vea held back tears as he walked off the field following Washington's 35-28 loss to Penn State in Saturday's Fiesta Bowl. This time, it feels real, as he could the Raiders' next head coach in the coming days. Some see Vea as a potential top-15 pick next spring.

"We have to take our ownership as players", Carr said. "I hope I'm a candidate", regarding where things stand between him and the Raiders. "He was a coach that played the game and he was a player's coach, you know what I mean, so you always like those kind of coaches because they relate to you easily".

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