Raiders to introduce Jon Gruden as head coach on Tuesday
- Author: Regina Holmes Jan 06, 2018,
Jan 06, 2018, 1:11
Jon Gruden will be named the next head coach of the Oakland Raiders at a press conference on Tuesday, according to league sources, with him leaving ESPN following the broadcast of Saturday night's wild-card game.
Steve Corkran of the Raiders Snake Pit was first with the news of Gruden's return.
Gruden famously won Super Bowl XXXVII with the Tampa Bay Bucs back in 2003. when he beat the Raiders.
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The 54-year-old native of Sandusky, OH has been out of the coaching ranks since the conclusion of the 2008 season. Carolina Panthers coordinator Greg Olson is expected to be Gruden's offensive coordinator and Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Paul Guenther is a top candidate for Oakland's defensive coordinator position.
Appearing on ESPN's Golic and Wingo (h/t Ryan Wilson of CBSSports.com) on Wednesday, Gruden confirmed he has spoken with Raiders owner Mark Davis regarding the opening and added, "I think there's a good chance", when asked about whether he would accept the job. Gruden accumulated a 38-26 overall record as the Raiders coach and was 2-2 in playoff games during his four seasons. He has a 95-81 career record. He served as an assistant coach for the Green Bay Packers before taking command of the Raiders in 1998. "Minority candidates were interviewed and we will wait and see the decision they make".
Other teams have also done it, with one of the most recent notable coaching hires being Joe Gibbs in Washington.