It's possible that Jon Gruden is just another Joe Gibbs

It's possible that Jon Gruden is just another Joe Gibbs

After ESPN reported on Saturday that the Raiders were going to make a hard push to land Gruden, the Super Bowl-winning coach had a chance to shoot down the report during an interview with the Bay Area News Group later in the evening. I cant say I havent taken any phone calls.

Under Del Rio, the Raiders went 7-9, 12-4 and then slumped to 6-10.

During Shell's first tenure with the Raiders, the team leaned heavily on the rushing attack behind the styles of all-time greats Bo Jackson, Marcus Allen, Roger Craig and even Eric Dickerson got in on the action with 15 starts in 1992 at 32 years old. If Gruden didn't want the Raiders job, he could have simply said, "I've talked to plenty of suitors, but I'm staying at ESPN". The Raiders won't want to fire Del Rio unless they think they can get Gruden. Unlike that debacle we all saw go down with the Tennessee Volunteers in the SEC, this linking to Gruden back with the Silver and Black could have some teeth to it. Yeah, sometimes owners. Guys want to bounce ideas off me. 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. "Im here to help people".

Gruden was the Raiders coach from 1998-2001.

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It was recently reported that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were Gruden's preferred destination if he returned to coaching; Gruden was Tampa Bay's coach from 2002-2008 and won the Super Bowl in his first season with the team.

It seems certain that current Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio is a dead man walking. Gannon, who works in the booth with Kevin Harlan for CBS, will interestingly be calling this game between the Raiders and the Chargers in the StubHub Center on New Year's Eve.

Sources have said Gruden has made calls to coaches around the National Football League in an attempt to put together his staff, although he has done the same in prior years but never followed through with an of the different opportunities that were presented to him. Rightfully so, as there hasn't been a sexier head coaching candidate in the last few years than Gruden - a Super Bowl victor with a throwback personality that fans gravitate towards. And it's easy to understand why he keeps going back to ESPN.

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