Raiders looking to reunite with Jon Gruden

Posted January 01, 2018

If he comes back to Oakland, expect a bumpy ride and lower expectations to somewhere a little more realistic than the blurred vision that being drunk on nostalgia will give us.

"Gruden will be tempted to accept it, according to sources, but would prefer not to make any decisions until the regular season finishes Sunday and the Raiders make a final determination on their current head coach, Jack Del Rio, who signed a contract extension last summer".

Yes, we have found ourselves in the midst of some Grumors. How aggressive? Let's just say that the Raiders intend to offer Gruden an ownership stake in the franchise. He used to coach the Silver and Black from 1998 to 2001. Following the Super Bowl run of his first season in charge, the Bucs never won another playoff game under Gruden. He has been ESPN's color commentator for Monday Night Football since the 2009 NFL season.

Scott Bair of NBC Sports Bay Area asked Raiders owner Mark Davis about the report. When Del Rio was hired in 2015, his job was to reinvigorate the team and help then-sophomore quarterback Derek Carr transform into an NFL-caliber player.

Gruden was one of the up-and-coming coaches in the NFL.

The elephant in the room is that the Raiders now have a head coach in Jack Del Rio.

The Oakland Raiders are reportedly set to see if they can lure Jon Gruden back to the fold to replace Jack Del Rio, who is said to be potentially on his way out. The mere possibility of Gruden coming back will create as much or more excitement among the fan base than it did in Tampa, where Gruden was recently added to the Ring of Honor.

As he has done previously, Gruden has started to assemble a possible staff, calling assistant coaches around the NFL. His first year with the Bucs saw him with the lone Super Bowl of his career, defeating none other than the Raiders.

Gruden's best teams were with any combination of Rich Gannon, Brad Johnson, Brian Griese, and Jeff Garcia under center. The $10 million would instantly make Gruden one of the highest-paid coaches in the league. Under Gruden, the Raiders managed to reach the AFC Championship Game in 2001, though they lost to the Baltimore Ravens.

The reasons for the Buccaneers deciding to keep coach Dirk Koetter possibly are becoming clearer.