Why the Raiders fired head coach Jack Del Rio

Dec 31 2017 Indianapolis IN USA Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano reacts as he walks off the field after the game against the Houst

While he held the job, the Raiders never finished under.500, and made the playoffs during his final two seasons.

Gruden coached Oakland for four seasons from 1998 to 2001, finishing his stint with the team with a 38-26-0 regular season record and a 5-4 slate in the playoffs.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, Gruden has reached out to potential assistant coaches in recent weeks.

Jack Del Rio, who signed a contract extension last summer, is in trouble as the Raiders (6-9) have been the biggest disappointment in the AFC this season. They may have lost an unofficial bidding war for Jon Gruden's other former team.

During a 6-10 finish in 2017 that resulted in a third-place finish in the AFC West, the Raiders struggled under offensive coordinator Todd Downing, fueled by a mediocre passing attack and a ground game that lingered near the bottom of the National Football League rankings all season despite the Raiders' big-money commitments to offensive linemen Kelechi Osemele, Gabe Jackson and Donald Penn.




While it's hard to take the #Grumors seriously these days, sources have told Schefter and Mortensen that Gruden will actually be "tempted to accept" the Raiders' offer.

There have been rumors of Gruden returning to the sideline in the past. Gruden is prepping for commentary, he's not game planning - the difference needs to be distinguished.

If Gruden did end up back in Oakland, then he'd be given the power to transform the entire organization, including the front office and coaching staff, per the report.

ESPN's Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen are reporting that the Raiders want Gruden to come back so badly that they are willing to offer him part ownership of the franchise.

Gruden has always been rumored as a coaching candidate for multiple teams since entering the broadcast booth as color commentator for Monday Night Football back in 2009. ESPN first reported Oakland's intentions. His first year with the Bucs saw him with the lone Super Bowl of his career, defeating none other than the Raiders. But again, Gruden has not coached since 2008. But if Davis is genuinely intent on make a change at head coach, he would be better served to snatch up a current offensive-minded and progressive coach such as Patriots OC Josh McDaniels given QB Derek Carr's recent regression. And it's easy to understand why he keeps going back to ESPN.

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