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Raiders are going all in to try and bring back Jon Gruden

Raiders are going all in to try and bring back Jon Gruden

The franchise has held off endorsing Del Rio as its coach next season until they know about Gruden's plans.

It appears it's not merely a pipe dream for the Raiders to persuade Gruden to re-join the head coaching ranks, as the report mentions that Gruden will be tempted to accept the offer, but would choose to wait until the end of the 2017 season to make his decision. And Jon Gruden is a potential replacement.

The Raiders still have Jack Del Rio handling the team, but according to a report from Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen of ESPN, Oakland management is planning to take an aggressive approach in trying to lure the team's former coach back to taking care of business on the sidelines again. Owner Mark Davis reportedly is preparing such a proposal which could include an ownership stake in the franchise. That move is scheduled for 2020.

"I don't want to sit here and speculate", Gruden said per the Oakland Tribune's Jerry McDonald. I take a lot of phone calls from coaches, some others ... yeah, sometimes owners.

One ownership source told ESPN that the owners "might not be so quick to approve the deal" because they wouldn't want to set a precedent. "I'm here to help people", Gruden said.




So, is Gruden the next man up for the Raiders? The quarterback legacy of his tenure in Tampa Bay was winning a Super Bowl with Brad Johnson and supposedly being overruled in wanting to draft Aaron Rodgers. "I've got nothing to report".

Gruden declined to specifically comment about the Raiders.

Former head coach of the Raiders and now football analyst Jon Gruden shown at a game between the Saints and Raiders November, 2012 in Oakland. The season ended, however, with Gruden exploiting Gannon's weaknesses and blowing out the Raiders. The team went 5-0 in games decided by three points or fewer and 9-2 in one-score games.

Gibbs was in Washington for four years, making the playoffs twice against two losing seasons. Bob Lamonte is a venerable agent whose client sheet is composed of a who's-who of National Football League coaches and front-office personnel. Gruden and Jack Del Rio actually share the same agent - talk about awkward - and there's a good chance Gruden doesn't want to talk about the job unless Del Rio is 100 percent out of the picture. While Gruden surely would retain some personnel, his arrival could sweep everything from a structural standpoint.


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