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Oakland Raiders: Jon Gruden in prime position to be next head coach

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Rita Gibson | 12 January, 2018, 20:33

It's awkward, to say the least, that the Raiders reportedly are planning to pursue Jon Gruden while the Raiders still have a head coach in Jack Del Rio.

The Oakland Raiders will pursue Jon Gruden, the former National Football League head coach and current ESPN analyst, with an offer to return to coaching that may even include ownership in the team, said several media reports on Saturday.

Reports surfaced that Raiders owner Mark Davis has grown increasingly frustrated during the team's 6-9 season, one year removed from the club's postseason run. And it makes sense for the Raiders, who had four non-losing seasons until they traded him to Tampa Bay in February 2002.

Gruden refuted the report that a contract would include an ownership stake to the team. "And I can't say enough about Jon and what he's done and what he's been able to teach me, and kind of the way he put his arm around me and taught me this game".

It has been almost a decade since Gruden last coached in the NFL - he has actually been with ESPN on "Monday Night Football" longer (eight years) than he was with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (seven years). I take a lot every year from coaches, some others.

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Pressed about the specifics of his situation, Gruden said he thinks he is "being considered".

An ownership source said owners might not be so quick to approve the deal, because they wouldn't want to establish a precedent. "When he knows, I think we'll all know, but I appreciate Adam [Schefter] and Chris [Mortensen's] confidence that I have a chance of getting that job - it's terrible nice though", Gruden said.

The Raiders season flamed out in disappointing fashion last night with a 30-10 loss at the hands of the Los Angeles Chargers. Following the Super Bowl run of his first season in charge, the Bucs never won another playoff game under Gruden.

Del Rio's departure came just three hours after the Indianapolis Colts said they also had sacked their head coach Chuck Pagano. However, he's likely wore out his welcome with any future head coaching stints given his inability to win with what is perceived as a loaded chest of young talent in Oakland. The reason we identify Del Rio's dismissal as most notable is because of his reported replacement. "As a player, we didnt play up to our expectations, and he had to pay the price".

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