The Raiders are prepared to make a serious offer to Jon Gruden in hopes that he would return as head coach of the Raiders, according to an ESPN report. "I believe we have developed a solid nucleus", he said, adding that whoever replaces him will have a chance to go to "special places".
In his first two seasons as the Raiders head coach, Del Rio was seen as a messiah of sorts, taking a team that had a total of eleven wins over the course of the three years before, to a team with a 7-9 record in 2016 and an even better 12-4 in 2016.
Gruden declined to specifically comment about the Raiders this past weekend, saying "there is no news to report".
In 11 seasons as an National Football League head coach, Gruden has a 95-81 record in the regular season and 5-4 record in the postseason. Jack Del Rio announced his own firing just moments after the Raiders lost their final game of 2017 to finish at 6-10, and it seems clear owner Mark Davis is hell bent on getting Gruden back. The offense again was abysmal, and the defense under John Pagano, going against really it's first quality quarterback in Philip Rivers, struggled mightily, allowing Rivers to throw for 387 yards with three touchdowns, and giving up 117 yards rushing.
Why the Raiders fired head coach Jack Del Rio
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. Gruden is prepping for commentary, he's not game planning - the difference needs to be distinguished.
Gruden will likely call his last game for ESPN this weekend. Gannon is now a TV analyst for CBS and was in the booth for the Raiders' finale against the Chargers on Sunday. Del Rio had been the ninth coach in Oakland since Gruden left but the only one to get the team to the playoffs.
The former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Raiders coach has already planned his defensive coordinator hire, according to Ian Rapport of the NFL Network. What have they got?
Pro Football Weekly will have more on this developing story soon. "I told him how much I appreciated the opportunity he gave me; very grateful, my childhood team".