The Raiders still have Jack Del Rio handling the team, but according to a report from Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen of ESPN, Oakland management is planning to take an aggressive approach in trying to lure the team's former coach back to taking care of business on the sidelines again. If it appears to be a done deal, there's a chance that any potential minority candidates would decline to sit for the job. Oakland still has a coach (Jack Del Rio) under contract, but owner Mark Davis is said to be smitten with Gruden, who coached the Raiders from 1998-2001.
Two, Raiders owner Mark Davis could be willing to give Gruden at stake in the team's ownership.
The Raiders do now have a coach who received a contract extension last season. They lost their last four games in succession and were sloppy and non-competitive for long chunks of the season.
Gruden, according to ESPN, has even been an offered an ownership stake in the team as an enticement. And there were the wacky rumors of Gruden going to Tennessee, which even involved a Knoxville BBQ joint apologizing for contributing to the rumors. Guys want to bounce ideas off me.
Gruden, who has been out of coaching since being fired after the Bucs collapsed down the stretch of the 2008 season, has been the color analyst on "Monday Night Football" broadcasts since 2009.More news: Haley: We cut nearly $300 million from United Nations budget
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The Raiders went 25-23 during Del Rio's three-year stint, a roller coaster of a tenure in which Oakland shed its also-ran status for 15 fleeting weeks before sinking back to the deep end of the AFC.
Former Raiders coach Jon Gruden didn't exactly deny things when he was asked about the possibility that he might be returning to Oakland 16 years after leaving.
Coincidentally, Gannon will be calling the Raiders-Chargers game on Sunday.
Gruden will have not been in the professional coaching ranks in almost a full decade by the time next season rolls around. 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. But attempting to go back to the future with a retread coach isn't something that has proven to work in the National Football League in the past.