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Raiders fire Jack Del Rio

03 January, 2018, 01:34 | Author: Lamar Ellis
  • Oakland Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio reacts during a news conference after an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Chargers Sunday Dec. 31 2017 in Carson Calif

Asked specifically if he was a candidate, Gruden said, "Well, I think I am being considered, yes". "I've known him for a while".

According to ESPN, the Raiders are considering offering Gruden an ownership stake in the team to re-take the job he held from 1998-2001 after they fired Jack Del Rio.

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It remains to be seen how much control Gruden might be given over personnel decisions, and how it could impact the Raiders' draft plans this offseason.

Jon Gruden will be the next head coach of the Oakland Raiders.

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"He told me he loved me and appreciated all that I did, but felt like we weren't going in the right direction", Del Rio said.

The Daily News reported if Gruden does go to Oakland he might try to recruit Jets offensive coordinator John Morton to go with him and that NY will not stand in his way. "Whoever comes in here has a chance to take that nucleus and go to special places, and I'll be pulling for them". Del Rio then had an awkward and emotional post game press conference with the media where he addressed his dismissal.

When Harbaugh was sacked by the 49ers following the 2014 season, Morton moved to the Saints. We had a great first two years and this year was a big disappointment. The Raiders won just 13 games in the three seasons before he arrived.

The former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Raiders coach has already planned his defensive coordinator hire, according to Ian Rapport of the NFL Network.

Several players said they know Gruden, who was in the booth for the Raiders' Christmas night loss to the Eagles, more for his work on "Monday Night Football". Under the league's Rooney Rule, the Raiders also must interview at least one minority candidate for their head coaching job.

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