Jon Gruden to target John Morton if tabbed by Raiders

Oakland Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio reacts during a press conference after an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Chargers Sunday Dec. 31 2017 in Carson Calif

"It's simple, you don't make that move with Jack Del Rio unless you know you can get Jon Gruden", Schefter said on ESPN. "But I knew this team and this brotherhood, and I owed it to all my coaches and all my teammates".

Reports indicate that Oakland is willing to grant Gruden an ownership stake if he becomes their next head coach.

Even though Gruden has been hesitate in the past to return to coaching, he will have enough power within the organization that he can reshape the entire front office and coaching staff, though some holdovers still remain from his first time coaching the team.

Gruden spent four seasons as the head man in Oakland from 1998 to 2001, compiling a 38-26 record. "Whoever comes in here has a chance to take that nucleus and go to special places, and I'll be pulling for them".




"He told me he loved me and appreciated all I did to get this program going in the right direction, but that he felt the need to change", Del Rio said. Del Rio then had an awkward and emotional post game press conference with the media where he addressed his dismissal. The New York Daily News reported interest by Gruden in current Jets offensive coordinator John Morton, who previously worked as a receivers coach in New Orleans (2015-16) and San Francisco (2011-14). According to Bair, Davis "played coy" when asked about Gruden. We had a great first two years and this year was a big disappointment. In reality, they would not have fired Del Rio if they weren't confident they could land Gruden.

His Tampa Bay Buccaneers did win a Super Bowl back in 2002.

Pro Football Weekly will have more on this developing story soon. The Raiders won just 13 games in the three seasons before he arrived. Under the league's Rooney Rule, the Raiders also must interview at least one minority candidate for their head coaching job.

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