Why the Raiders fired head coach Jack Del Rio


Yeah, sometimes owners. Guys want to bounce ideas off me. Gruden is prepping for commentary, he's not game planning - the difference needs to be distinguished. The NFL's finance committee also would have to vet Gruden, and it would be that body, along with input from several owners, that would be responsible for raising an objection to an ownership clause. Secondly, he would be inheriting a young, dynamic quarterback in Derek Carr and he gets to be the coach of a franchise headed to Las Vegas in 2020.

Now in the market for a new head coach, the Raiders figure to be focused on finding a boss who can maximize the deep pool of talent they've collected on that side of the ball over the past few years.

Jon Gruden has been mentioned as a potential head coaching candidate for both of his former teams, and all the buzz now is centered on the Raiders with the Buccaneers expected to retain Dirk Koetter. "Im here to help people". He declined to specifically comment about the Raiders.

Now, Jack Del Rio is still the Raiders' head coach, and was signed to a contract extension in February after leading the Raiders to a 12-4 record in 2016. Good thing Del Rio and Gruden have the same agent!

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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. Gruden went 57-55 during seven seasons with the Bucs, which included winning the Super Bowl during his first year and winning the NFC South three times.

If Gruden did end up back in Oakland, then he'd be given the power to transform the entire organization, including the front office and coaching staff, per the report. And there were the wacky rumors of Gruden going to Tennessee, which even involved a Knoxville BBQ joint apologizing for contributing to the rumors. He has been ESPN's color commentator for Monday Night Football since the 2009 NFL season. He's making $6.5 million annually to talk about football, and not have the insane stress that comes with being an NFL head coach.

It's going to be an interesting offseason for the Raiders for sure.

Jack Del Rio broke the news following a 30-10 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers Sunday in Carson.