Raiders to make a run at Jon Gruden


Jon Gruden reacted with a chuckle when asked about a report Saturday night the Raiders would make a serious offer in hopes that he would return as head coach.

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.

We've been making the case for weeks for the Raiders making a run at Gruden.

While Gruden reportedly won't make a decision until the regular season is over and current head coach Jack Del Rio's fate is decided, Mortensen also reported the offer is expected to give Gruden enough control to reshape the organization as he sees fit and that many around the league believe this will be the job Gruden heads back for.

Oakland Raiders' coach Jon Gruden keeps a stiff upper lip during a media conference Monday, Jan. 8, 2001, at Raider headquarters in Alameda, Calif. Gruden's Raiders will face the Baltimore Ravens for the AFC Championship in Oakland, Calif., on Sunday, Jan. 14, 2001.

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Always a fun personality and one of the most quotable analysts that ESPN has been able to hang onto during their recent purge of talent, Gruden has been out of the professional coaching ranks since 2008. In that sense, he'd be a good fit with Derek Carr, who has regressed in 2017. And Jon Gruden is a potential replacement.

For one, he hasn't coached since 2008. If they can get Gruden, that percentage will change, dramatically.

Said ESPN employee Gruden to ESPN: "I don't want to sit here and speculate". I take a lot from coaches, some others, yeah, sometimes owners.

Oakland has suffered through a miserable 2017, going 6-9 while taking steps in the wrong direction at pretty much every conceivable level. Guys want to bounce ideas off me.

Last Sunday, PFT reported that the Raiders were 50-50 on firing Del Rio. Following a loss to New England in the tuck rule game following the 2001 season, Gruden was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for two first-round draft picks, two second-round draft picks, and $8 million in cash. "Im here to help people".