The Raiders Want Jon Gruden

Jon Gruden confirms interest in Raiders job: 'I hope I'm a candidate'

"I hope I'm a candidate", Gruden said.

Well according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Gruden is headed to serve as Jack Del Rio's replacement and become the next head coach of the Oakland Raiders.

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.

In a phone conversation with Jerry McDonald of the Bay Area News Group, Gruden admitted that he is being considered as a candidate for the Raiders job. Despite winning back-to-back division titles, the Raiders traded Gruden to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who dominated Oakland the following year in Super Bowl XXXVII. "Jon Gruden is going to be the next coach of the Oakland Raiders".

So why, considering how obvious the match is, is Gruden being coy about talk of his inevitable assumption of the Oakland head coaching job?

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The Raiders are not commenting on the search beyond a statement issued Sunday night from owner Mark Davis thanking Del Rio for his tenure. However, Gruden holds a career coaching record of 95-81.

The Raiders will be required to comply with the "Rooney Rule" and interview at least one minority candidate or otherwise face discipline from the NFL.

Gruden is calling his final game of the season on Saturday, when the Titans and Chiefs meet in the wild-card round.

Tom Flores was the first Hispanic coach to win a Super Bowl and the team also hired Hue Jackson as coach in 2011 and now employs Reggie McKenzie as general manager. It seems all that needs to happen before Gruden's hiring is made official is the satisfaction of the Rooney rule and Gruden calling the National Football League playoff game for ESPN this coming weekend.

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