Gruden Tells Paper: 'I Hope I'm A Candidate' For Raiders Job
Gruden Tells Paper: 'I Hope I'm A Candidate' For Raiders Job
Jon Gruden: 'I Think I Am Being Considered' for Raiders Head Coaching Job
03 January, 2018, 01:59
Jack Del Rio was sacked on New Year's Eve after Oakland's loss to the Los Angeles Chargers, fueling rumors of Jon Gruden as the Raiders next head coach. "Asked directly about about ESPN report re: interest in Jon Gruden. I hope I'm a candidate", regarding where things stand between him and the Raiders.
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. Asked specifically if he was a candidate, Gruden said, "Well, I think I am being considered, yes". In his first season in Tampa, Gruden got his revenge as he led the Bucs to a 12-4 regular season and crushed the Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII, 48-21. He was wide receivers coach with the San Francisco 49ers and New Orleans Saints prior being hired as New York's offensive coordinator last March.
Gruden previously coached the Raiders for four seasons from 1998 through 2001, with the team never finishing worse than 8-8 during that span. Rapoport added that Gruden was assembling a coaching staff in anticipation of returning to coaching, one that includes his former QB, Rich Gannon. The Raiders are being cautious about the timing of hiring Gruden, as they have to satisfy the Rooney Rule and make it seem like they interviewed other candidates in the wake of Jack Del Rio's firing. ESPN still has one last National Football League game to broadcast this season, Saturday afternoon's wild-card clash between the Tennessee Titans and Kansas City Chiefs.
"[The Chiefs] played my brother [Jay] on Monday Night Football once, too", Gruden explained, "so there will be some awkward moments and we're probably going to laugh a little bit about it, but that'll be cool".
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