Oakland Raiders Set to Ask Jon Gruden to Return as Coach

Jonathan Hernandez
January 1, 2018

The Raiders are prepared to make a serious offer to Jon Gruden in hopes that he would return as head coach of the Raiders, according to an ESPN report.

"The owner", one source said about Davis, "has an affinity for him". Their top target should they move on from head coach Jack Del Rio is none other than former Raiders coach Jon Gruden.

Gruden's name surfaces each season as a potential candidate for head coach vacancies. In his first season in Tampa, Gruden got his revenge as he led the Bucs to a 12-4 regular season and crushed the Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII, 48-21. The franchise has held off endorsing Del Rio as its coach next season until they know about Gruden's plans. In the 16 seasons since the franchise traded him to the Buccaneers, the Raiders have had four.500-or-better seasons, and two playoff appearances.

Additionally, per the report Mark Davis has offered Gruden an ownership stake previously, which could potentially come into play again.

Every year we get these Gruden coaching rumors, and every year - since 2009 - he's ended up in the Monday Night Football booth for ESPN. With at least another year in Oakland and a future that consists of playing in a still-undetermined location for 2019 and Las Vegas as soon as 2020, the Raiders need sizzle and excitement - far more than what bringing Marshawn Lynch out of retirement did in 2017.

ESPN reports that the Raiders potential offer to Gruden could include an ownership stake in the team, which would complicate matters as that provision would have to be approved by National Football League owners.

One ownership source told ESPN that the owners "might not be so quick to approve the deal" because they wouldn't want to set a precedent.

Jack Del Rio broke the news following a 30-10 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers Sunday in Carson.

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.

Gannon never has coached; he went straight to broadcasting upon his retirement. Gruden is prepping for commentary, he's not game planning - the difference needs to be distinguished.

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