Sunday, 21 January, 2018

Raiders officially announce hiring of Gruden as coach

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Hilda Schwartz | 07 January, 2018, 06:15

As ESPN opened its broadcast of Saturday's AFC Wild Card game between the Chiefs and the Titans, play-by-play man Sean McDonough quickly addressed Gruden's future.

While the Raiders are widely expected to name Gruden their next head coach as early as next week, neither Gruden nor the team has confirmed those reports.

Gruden hasn't coached since he went 9-7 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2008, and he has served as a color analyst for ESPN's Monday Night Football since 2009. The Oakland Raiders will reportedly announce Gruden as the team's new head coach on Tuesday.

The Oakland Raiders never really recovered from the decision to trade Jon Gruden to Tampa Bay 16 years ago.

The 54-year-old spent seven seasons as the Bucs coach, but was sacked following the 2008 campaign after a 9-7 term. His Buccaneers beat the Raiders 48-21 in Super Bowl XXXVII.

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Jon Gruden would undoubtedly bring a swagger back to the Oakland Raiders after a 2017 season under Jack Del Rio during which a young, talented roster lost a little of its luster.

Besides the emotional pull of coming back to the franchise where he made his name, there is cold logic behind the Raiders' pursuit of Gruden.

At least Gruden sounds very ready for some football.

Gruden spent four seasons as coach in Oakland from 1998-2001. It will make him the richest head coach in National Football League history. Gibbs returned to coaching in 2004 and his second stint in Washington wasn't almost as effective as his first. "I want you", Gruden said, "what do you say about that?" Late owner Al Davis hired Art Shell in 2006, 11 years after firing him the first time.

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