Sean McDonough emotional after Gruden's last ESPN game

Beth Cruz
January 7, 2018

He's expected to remain the GM for the Raiders under new coach Jon Gruden.

Which is what led to ESPN play-by-play man Sean McDonough's attempt at bidding Gruden, an analyst with the network, a classy farewell before their call of the Tennessee Titans-Kansas City Chiefs wild-card game Saturday afternoon.

He will be introduced at the team facility in Alameda on Tuesday in a 3 p.m. ET media conference.

It will take a lot to prise Gruden away from ESPN, which could explain reports out of the Bay Area that the Raiders will offer him an ownership stake as well as the head coaching job.

It had been a poorly kept secret in recent days Gruden was going to coach the Raiders, but McDonough really let the cat out of the bag. He added fuel to the fire this summer when he talked about the prospect of coming back to coach with PewterReport.com, a Tampa Bay Buccaneers news site. Carr's passer rating fell from 96.7 in 2016 to 86.4 as the Raiders finished 6-10 and coach Jack Del Rio was sacked minutes after their season finale.


McDonough brought up Gruden leaving the broadcast booth three times before the first quarter ended, and each time Gruden awkwardly laughed and deflected.

It's the prospect of Gruden returning Carr to his Pro Bowl form of 2015 and 2016 that is so enticing to the Raiders, according to Peter King of Sports Illustrated.

Gruden previously coached the Raiders from 1998 through 2001, compiling a 38-26 regular-season record and a 2-2 record in two playoff appearances. Overall, Gruden is 95-81 in 11 seasons.

DICK VERMEIL: Vermeil had a successful seven-year run as coach of Philadelphia from 1976-82, taking the Eagles to their first Super Bowl following the 1980 season.

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