Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

Jack Del Rio Firing Likely Paves the Way for Jon Gruden

Jack Del Rio Firing Likely Paves the Way for Jon Gruden Jack Del Rio Firing Likely Paves the Way for Jon Gruden
Kristopher Love | 12 January, 2018, 20:32

After Raiders owner Mark Davis unceremoniously pulled the plug on the Del Rio era on Sunday afternoon, team ownership was reportedly "confident" that Gruden would assume the Oakland post once again, per Rapoport. Gruden was in the booth for his final Monday Night Football game of the season last week in Philadelphia, when the Eagles hosted Davis' Raiders.

Gruden did not directly comment on the report when he was quoted in the story.

"I think there's a good chance", he told Trey Wingo and Mike Golic, on if he'd take the job if offered. It seems as though Gruden's name comes up in rumors tying him to the Raiders every year. I take a lot of phone calls from coaches, some others ... yeah, sometimes owners. "I feel like, even if a guy is covered, I can put the ball where it needs to be so we can have a successful play". "But I knew this team and this brotherhood, and I owed it to all my coaches and all my teammates".

Guenther has been with the Bengals since 2005 and has been the defensive coordinator for the last four seasons.

Asked specifically if he was a candidate, Gruden said, "Well, I think I am being considered, yes". He would go on to become the youngest head coach to win a Super Bowl in his first season with the Buccaneers after the trade.

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.

Davis and Gruden have remained friendly since Gruden's previous stint as head coach in Oakland ended in 2001.

Long snapper Jon Condo has been with the Raiders organization since 2006 and played in one winning season, under Jack Del Rio in 2016. But the more you spoke to people, the more they were convinced that Jon would re-enter coaching this year, that he was preparing to get back into it at some point and it was getting closer and closer. Del Rio fired offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave earlier in the offseason, which would explain why quarterback Derek Carr looks like he's taken a step back as far as progression goes. Because of this, there is now some talk that Del Rio may be fired at the end of the season. "We are kind of angry that we let it get to that, but we understand the business part of it".