Oakland Raiders fire Jack Del Rio, clearing way for Jon Gruden's return

Oakland Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio reacts during a press conference after an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Chargers Sunday Dec. 31 2017 in Carson Calif

Oakland Raiders fire Jack Del Rio, clearing way for Jon Gruden's return

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

Two days after the Oakland Raiders axed coach Jack Del Rio minutes after their season-ending loss, Jon Gruden's name is the only one being mentioned as a possible replacement. The firing comes after Del Rio signed a four-year contract extension last offseason.

Gruden, 54, coached the Raiders to a 38-26 record over four seasons before being traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers by Al Davis in 2001.




The Daily News reported if Gruden does go to Oakland he might try to recruit Jets offensive coordinator John Morton to go with him and that NY will not stand in his way.

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. ESPN first reported the likelihood of Gruden returning to Oakland on the eve of the season finale that Oakland lost. I take a lot every year from coaches, some others.

Sources have said Gruden has made calls to coaches around the National Football League in an attempt to put together his staff, although he has done the same in prior years but never followed through with an of the different opportunities that were presented to him. Yeah, sometimes owners. Guys want to bounce ideas off me. From the announcement that the team would be relocating to Las Vegas, to first round pick Gareon Conley's legal issues, Donald Penn's holdout, letting Bill Musgrave go and handing a powerful offense to a rookie offensive coordinator in Todd Downing, and Derek Carr's broken back, there certainly were enough distractions to overcome.

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