Oakland Raiders want Gruden as coach

Oakland Raiders want Gruden as coach

When asked specifically if he is in the running, Gruden said he is hopeful the Raiders want him. "I believe we have developed a solid nucleus", he said, adding that whoever replaces him will have a chance to go to "special places".

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.

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All signs now point to the Raiders luring Jon Gruden from ESPN, with a rumored five-year, $50 million contract and possible part ownership of the team.

Also on Sunday, Scott Bair of NBC Sports Bay Area asked Raiders owner Mark Davis about the initial ESPN report saying the team would pursue Gruden. "There is no news to report", Gruden told the network Saturday. Which will be critical for the Raiders during what likely will be their previous year in Oakland. However, Gruden holds a career coaching record of 95-81.

Jack Del Rio was sacked by the Raiders immediately after their Week 17 loss.

Packers last game of season
According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press , that's exactly what tight end Michael Roberts did on Saturday. To start the game, the Packers go with a surprise on-side kick and they recover it to steel a possession.

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.

Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano responds to a question during a news conference following an NFL football practice, Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, in Indianapolis.

The Raiders will be required to comply with the "Rooney Rule" and interview at least one minority candidate or otherwise face discipline from the NFL.

His Tampa Bay Buccaneers did win a Super Bowl back in 2002.

So, is Gruden the next man up for the Raiders?

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