Gruden hopeful to be candidate for Raiders head coach

NFL Rumors: Raiders Preparing To Make 'Strong Offer' To Jon Gruden

NFL Rumors: Raiders Preparing To Make 'Strong Offer' To Jon Gruden

It sounds like Jon Gruden is really coming back to coaching this time and it will happen with a team he is quite familiar with, the Oakland Raiders.

ESPN reported Saturday that Raiders owner Mark Davis was prepared to pursue Gruden with a strong offer that could include an ownership stake in the team.

The Raiders fired head coach Jack Del Rio earlier in the day.

The Oakland Raiders fired Jack Del Rio as coach Sunday after the team's season-ending 30-10 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers, The Oakland Tribune reported. In the meantime, he's still planning to call this week's AFC Wild Card matchup between the Titans and Chiefs - a team he'll face twice each season when he does take over in Oakland.

Prior to those seven years in Tampa, Gruden coached the Raiders for four years with a 38-26 mark and two playoff appearances. His name still is in the mix every year when National Football League head coaching jobs open up, but he's seemed content to stay in the booth.

"I'm taking me, yeah", Carr said. Guys want to bounce ideas off me. "When he knows, I think we'll all know, but I appreciate Adam (Schefter) and Chris (Mortensen's) confidence that I have a chance of getting that job - it's terrible nice though". "He's one of the rare people that I think has been away from the game but he's been as involved in the game as anybody, where he kind of is getting exposure, the ins and outs". Marred by injuries, the latter suffered a down season by his standards.

It makes sense for Gruden, who seems unhappy since the departure of Mike Tirico for NBC and reportedly has been talking to possible assistant coaches. Unfortunately for Del Rio, it is a problem no more.

Gruden would be "temped to accept" such an offer from the Raiders but would hesitate to make any decisions until after the team's regular-season finale Sunday, according to ESPN, which has employed Gruden as an analyst since 2009. He was hired by Oakland for his first head coaching gig back in 1998. Secondly, he would be inheriting a young, dynamic quarterback in Derek Carr and he gets to be the coach of a franchise headed to Las Vegas in 2020.

The lack of wins could perhaps be forgiven in Carr was hurt again, but he played 14 games and while a back injury may have lingered and affected him throughout the year, his stat line is not too different from 2016. "We wish them all the best".

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