And even before owner Mark Davis made Del Rio's firing official, rumors had started to swirl about a potential reunion between the Raiders and Gruden, who coached in Oakland from 1998-2001. That record, coupled with the major step back Oakland took this year, may end up costing coach Jack Del Rio his job.
In addition to Schefter's reports, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network has said Gruden is waiting to accept the Raiders offer until after the team interviews minority candidates to comply with the NFL's "Rooney Rule".
Gruden last coached in 2008 for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and has rejected overtures each year to return.
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. "Because I'm a competitor, and he'd say the same thing".
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"Jon Gruden is the going to be the next coach of the Raiders", ESPN's Adam Schefter said on SportsCenter Sunday night. The Raiders job has appeal for Gruden beyond simply returning to coach.
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.
One ownership source told ESPN that the owners "might not be so quick to approve the deal" because they wouldn't want to set a precedent.
Carr: "I appreciate that...let's go win some championships now". Of course, the Raiders are gearing up for a move from Oakland to Las Vegas in 2020. "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".
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On Monday, the Detroit Lions axed coach Jim Caldwell, who finished the season with a 9-7 record but missed the playoffs for the second time in three years.
Jack Del Rio told reporters following the Raiders' 30-10 loss at the Los Angeles Chargers that he had been fired. They both worked for the Green Bay Packers in 1994, when Gruden was in his previous year as wide receivers coach and McKenzie joined the Packers' personnel department.
"He has no business being the color analyst for ESPN doing the game. As a player, we didnt play up to our expectations, and he had to pay the price".
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