Monday, 12 November, 2018

Raiders preparing to offer Jon Gruden head coach job

Oakland Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio reacts during a news conference after an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Chargers Sunday Dec. 31 2017 in Carson Calif Raiders preparing to offer Jon Gruden head coach job
Isabel Fisher | 03 January, 2018, 02:03

"My understanding is they're interviewing candidates this week and they're going to let everybody know sometime early next week or whenever they make their decision", Gruden said, per Jerry McDonald of the San Jose Mercury News. "I told him how much I appreciated the opportunity he gave me; very grateful, my childhood team". But, it's a results business. Between having a seriously improved record, a lot of young talent and Del Rio's hard-nosed personality the team looked as though it were being revived.

Del Rio had signed a four-year contract extension last February after Oakland ended a 13-year playoff drought with a 12-win season.

Del Rio handled the press conference on Sunday with class. This year, he talked openly about a return to the sidelines and there was speculation - primarily wishful thinking from University of Tennessee fans - that he would leave ESPN to coach the Volunteers.

John Wooten, the head of the Fritz Pollard Alliance which monitors the NFL's minority hiring, said he is confident the Raiders will follow the rules and doesn't consider the process a sham despite reports Gruden would get the job before it even opened.


Morton was promoted to senior offensive assistant with the Raiders in 2002, a year after Gruden had moved onto the Tampa Bay Buccaneers - and the last time Oakland made the Super Bowl.

In hindsight, we should have known that this was going to be a tough year for the Raiders. This team needs a shot in the arm in a big way, especially since it will soon be leaving Northern California for Las Vegas.

Pagano finished his first head coaching job with a 56-46 record, including a 3-3 mark in the playoffs. Many changes are expected over the next few weeks, and Raider Nation can't wait to see how it all unfolds.

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