Jon Gruden named Raiders' coach

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Gruden to the Raiders will become official at a press conference on Tuesday.

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.

The team reportedly offered Gruden an ownership stake in the team if he accepted the coaching position, but who needs an ownership stake when you can have $100 million in cold, hard cash instead?

The Raiders sent out a release announcing Gruden's return on the team's various social media platforms.

The Raiders traded Gruden to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he won a Super Bowl in his first season in February 2003.




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

Regardless, Gruden is a terrific offensive mind and he has only gotten more knowledgeable since stepping away from coaching. Gruden is the flawless match for Oakland and will bring several talented coaches with him. That's a goal that probably motivated Gruden to return to football. Ditka became legendary in the city thanks to leading the Bears to their only Super Bowl title following the 1985 season, but he was sacked after going 5-11 in 1992. In fact, Cincinnati has been one of the most frequent sources to find first-time head coaches over the past decade.

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.

Gruden previously coached the Raiders from 1998 through 2001, compiling a 38-26 regular-season record and a 2-2 record in two playoff appearances. He came back in 2004 and had a 30-34 record in four seasons, leading Washington to two playoff berths.

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