Jon Gruden leaves broadcast booth to again coach Raiders

Beth Cruz
January 6, 2018

A league source confirmed the information to ESPN's Adam Schefter today.

The Raiders fired Jack Del Rio following a disappointing six-win season and talk immediately turned to Gruden. He was 95-81 over 11 seasons with Oakland and Tampa Bay, winning a Super Bowl with the Buccaneers.

The Raiders are scheduled to have two more seasons in Oakland before moving to Las Vegas.

Gruden has worked as a color commentator for ESPN's Monday Night Football telecast since 2009, and he hasn't coached in an NFL game since 2008.

The Raiders will still be in Oakland for the upcoming season before their eventual move to Las Vegas.

Current Los Angeles Rams quarterback coach Greg Olson will be Oakland's offensive coordinator, while former Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Paul Guenther will serve in the same capacity under Gruden.

Gruden, now a Monday Night Football analyst, coached the Raiders from 1998 to 2001, winning AFC West titles in his last two seasons.

ESPN reported that Davis was in hot pursuit for Gruden with a persuasive offer that included an ownership stake in the Raiders.

Steve Corkran of first reported the news. "We'll see what decision they make". The team has not commented on the search and might have already conducted that interview.

This would not mark the first time the Raiders brought back a coach for a second stint. He came back in 2004 and had a 30-34 record in four seasons, leading Washington to two playoff berths.

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