It's looking more and more as if the Raiders will rehire Jon Gruden as their head coach, ESPN.com reported Monday, the morning after Jack Del Rio was fired following Oakland's season-ending 30-10 loss to the Chargers. ESPN initially reported Saturday that the Raiders were pursuing Gruden, who coached the Raiders from 1998-2001, posting a 38-26 mark. According to the report, the team was offering an ownership stake to entice the former NFL coach and current ESPN broadcaster. Gruden also led the Buccaneers to a Super Bowl championship in 2002, beating the Raiders in the title game. Gruden was 95-81 in six seasons in Tampa Bay. "I don't want to sit here and speculate. ... There is no news to report," Gruden said Saturday. "I can't say I haven't taken any phone calls. I take a lot every year from coaches, some others. ... Yeah, sometimes owners. Guys want to bounce ideas off me. I'm here to help people." There had been high hopes in Oakland after the team went 12-4 in 2016 to make the playoffs for the first time since 2002. That success led the owner Mark Davis giving Del Rio to a four-year contract extension earlier this year.
All signs point to Jon Gruden as next Raiders coach
Sporting News | Jan 1