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Jon Gruden speculation intensifies as Raiders fire Jack Del Rio

Jon Gruden speculation intensifies as Raiders fire Jack Del Rio

Gruden appeared on Wingo & Golic Wednesday and finally addressed reports that he was expected to replace former head coach Jack Del Rio, who was sacked on Sunday after the team's 30-10 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.

In an interview on ESPN's "Golic and Wingo" Wednesday, Jon Gruden said it's likely he'll be the next head coach of the Raiders if offered the job.

Gruden coached the Raiders from 1998-2001 before joining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as part of a high-stakes trade that included the Bucs' 2002 and 2003 first-round draft picks, 2002 and 2004 second-round picks and $8 million in cash.

When asked, Gruden would not comment specifically about the Oakland Raiders, saying he would rather not speculate because there is not any news at this time to report.

Several players said they know Gruden, who was in the booth for the Raiders' Christmas night loss to the Eagles, more for his work on "Monday Night Football".

Every offseason, there are always rumors that Gruden is going to return to coaching. I take a lot of phone calls from coaches, some others ... yeah, sometimes owners.

However, he said the decision ultimately comes down to what owner Mark Davis wants.

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"I know him", Raiders star quarterback? This would give owner Mark Davis quite a boost as he prepares to move the franchise to Las Vegas for the 2020 season. "He's one of the rare people that I think has been away from the game but he's been as involved in the game as anybody, where he kind of is getting exposure, the ins and outs".

But Del Rio's sacking after three seasons was less predictable, coming less than a year after he signed a four-year contract extension following a successful 2016, when the Raiders went 12-4 and finally made the playoffs after a 13-season drought.

If the Raiders do offer Gruden an ownership stake, there is a huge catch - it must be approved by other National Football League owners and there is a good reason to think they would be reluctant to do so.

Of course, the Raiders still have a head coach in Jack Del Rio.

Gruden and Reid worked together on Mike Holmgren's staff before each eventually ascended to head coaching positions.

But it might be a different home that Gruden goes back to next season. "Whoever they bring in, they've got a great team here".

Del Rio finished his stint in Oakland with 25-23 regular-season record. "We wish them all the best".


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