Jon Gruden On Raiders Job

Jon Gruden's return to the Raiders sideline appears imminent

Jon Gruden's return to the Raiders sideline appears imminent

Last week as word leaked out that Gruden would be the next coach, including a confirmation from ESPN colleague Adam Schefter, many wondered how the Raiders planned to satisfy the NFL's "Rooney Rule" which requires teams to interview at least one minority candidate before making a head coaching hire.

With Gruden reportedly on track to become coach of the Oakland Raiders, McVay could face his mentor as early as next season when the Rams play the Raiders at Oakland on a date to be determined.

Also on Sunday, Scott Bair of NBC Sports Bay Area asked Raiders owner Mark Davis about the initial ESPN report saying the team would pursue Gruden.

It was recently reported that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were Gruden's preferred destination if he returned to coaching; Gruden was Tampa Bay's coach from 2002-2008 and won the Super Bowl in his first season with the team.

Gruden, who now works as an ESPN analyst, declined to specifically comment about the Raiders this past weekend, saying "there is no news to report". "We have to take our ownership as players and I think that's where we're at right now".

Speculation immediately focused on ESPN analyst Jon Gruden, who coached the team from 1998 to 2001, as the Raiders' next coach.

Gruden has admitted that he thinks he is being "considered".

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According to the guys at FootballScoop.com, the ownership stake might not actually happen.

It looks like the Raiders have found their new Las Vegas headquarters and practice facility. "I'm here to help people", Gruden said.

On Monday, the Detroit Lions axed coach Jim Caldwell, who finished the season with a 9-7 record but missed the playoffs for the second time in three years.

But Del Rio's decision to fire coordinator Bill Musgrave after last season despite a dynamic offense and replace him with quarterbacks coach Todd Downing backfired. It seems all that needs to happen before Gruden's hiring is made official is the satisfaction of the Rooney rule and Gruden calling the National Football League playoff game for ESPN this coming weekend. With Carr battling a back injury for much of the season, Del Rio is not entirely to blame for Oakland finishing with a losing record this season.

When contacted by ESPN, where he works now as an analyst, Gruden was vague. We're kind of angry that we let it get to that and we're upset at ourselves.

While getting fired and rumors of getting fired go with the territory, it's a shame that Del Rio finds himself in the middle of this.

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