Raiders to announce Gruden hiring next Tuesday

Posted January 07, 2018

Gruden is set to become the next head coach of the Oakland Raiders.

Before and after the Titans beat the Chiefs in the wild-card game on ESPN on Saturday night, Sean McDonough congratulated Jon Gruden and said goodbye to him.

It had been reported from a number of media outlets that Gruden would return as coach and receive a formal introduction Tuesday during a news conference.

Gruden, 54, last coached in the National Football League in the 2008 season for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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The ESPN broadcaster agreed on a 10-year, $100 million deal with the Oakland Raiders.

Jon Gruden has been a staple of Monday Night Football ever since joining ESPN in 2009, but he'll be heading back to the NFL coaching ranks soon enough.

The 54-year-old spent seven seasons as the Bucs coach, but was sacked following the 2008 campaign after a 9-7 term.

The Raiders fired Jack Del Rio as head coach after a disappointing 6-10 mark.

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The Raiders, meanwhile, have gone through nine different head coaches since firing Gruden. After a brief hiatus, Brown returned to football as the part owner, coach and general manager of the AFL expansion Cincinnati Bengals, who began play in 1968.

McDonough brought up Gruden leaving the broadcast booth three times before the first quarter ended, and each time Gruden awkwardly laughed and deflected. Shell went 2-14 that season and was sacked after one year. He led the Buccaneers to the Super Bowl title over Oakland the following season.

He spent his first four seasons as a head coach with the Raiders and went 38-26 with two playoff appearances from 1998 through 2001.

Besides the emotional pull of coming back to the franchise where he made his name, there is cold logic behind the Raiders' pursuit of Gruden.

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