Gruden told ESPN this week that he'd had a good talk with the Raiders owner Mark Davis about returning to the organization and that he believed there was a "good chance" it would happen.
The Raiders fired Del Rio following a disappointing six-win season and talk immediately turned to Gruden, who has been out of coaching since being fired by Tampa Bay following the 2008 season. After winning a Super Bowl with Tampa Bay, Gruden went 45-51 with zero playoff wins in six seasons.More news: Plane vanishes from radar mid-flight to Texas; Coast Guard search underway
The last time Gruden coached for the raiders was January 19, 2002. He replaced Joe Bugel, who was 4-12 in his lone season as head coach and ended with a five-game losing streak.
Why is it so rare for these men, who are just as knowledgeable and detail-oriented, to become offensive coordinators? "When your boss asks you if you'd like to leave, there's really only one answer", Gruden said. You're going to get out of it what you put into it. I always say that those that invest the most are the last to surrender.
His tenure ended shortly after the "Tuck Rule" loss to the New England Patriots when he was traded the following month to Tampa Bay for two first-round draft picks, two second-rounders and $8 million.
Kirk Cousins says he is likely to wait until March for any possible negotiations with the Washington Redskins, indicating he would first make the team decide whether to apply a transition or franchise tag on him for the third year in a row.More news: Chiefs' win probability was almost 98 percent at one point against Titans
He joined ESPN the following season. Gibbs stepped away after the 1992 season with three Super Bowl titles in his career.
"If [Carr] doesn't want to come in and spend eight hours on Tuesday, his day off, then you can't make him".
In 2003, former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue fined then-Lions president Matt Millen $200,000 for failing to interview a minority candidate before hiring Steve Mariucci as coach. "Next thing you know, (James) is running down the sidelines", Gruden said.More news: Questions About US Aid to Pakistan Put Focus on Military's Spending