Report: Raiders to make a run at Jon Gruden

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The reasons for the Buccaneers deciding to keep coach Dirk Koetter possibly are becoming clearer. They may have lost an unofficial bidding war for Jon Gruden’s other former team.

ESPN, Gruden’s current employer, reports that the Raiders are preparing to make a run at Gruden.

That connection alone mandates the application of skepticism to any aspect of the report that seems self-serving to Gruden, including the eye-rolling notion that he prefers to wait to make a decision until after the regular season ends and the Raiders decide whether to keep coach Jack Del Rio. The Raiders won’t want to fire Del Rio unless they think they can get Gruden.

We’ve been making the case for weeks for the Raiders making a run at Gruden. With at least another year in Oakland and a future that consists of playing in a still-undetermined location for 2019 and Las Vegas as soon as 2020, the Raiders need sizzle and excitement — far more than what bringing Marshawn Lynch out of retirement did in 2017.

Gruden coached the Raiders before being traded to the Buccaneers in 2002. 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.

On Monday night, Gruden called what may have been his last Monday Night Football game, which featured the Raiders at the Eagles. Chances are that, at some point over the weekend, Gruden spoke directly with Raiders owner Mark Davis.

The report suggests that Gruden could emerge with an ownership stake in the team. That’s something the league would surely frown upon, given the apparent collusion that has kept coaching compensation from increasing over the past decade at the same pace that the salary cap and player pay has ballooned.

Said ESPN employee Gruden to ESPN: “I don’t want to sit here and speculate. . . . There is no news to report. I can’t say I haven’t taken any phone calls. I take a lot every year from coaches, some others. . . . Yeah, sometimes owners. Guys want to bounce ideas off me. I’m here to help people.”

Being coy about the job would help the Raiders comply with the Rooney Rule before hiring him. If it appears to be a done deal, there’s a chance that any potential minority candidates would decline to sit for the job.

Last Sunday, PFT reported that the Raiders were 50-50 on firing Del Rio. If they can get Gruden, that percentage will change, dramatically.

The situation also invites plenty of speculation about a bidding war between the Raiders and Bucs for his services. And it’s fair to conclude that the Bucs decided to keep Koetter only after they decided that they didn’t want to give Gruden whatever Davis is willing to pay.

63 responses to “Report: Raiders to make a run at Jon Gruden

  1. Every mid to top tier college program (not one of the elites) should be chasing these former NFL coaches, especially the ones on TV that have good reputations.

    Gruden is a highly recognizable personality on ESPN that should have no trouble recruiting.

  2. We don’t want this guy as a Raiders’ head coach! He is completely OVERRATED! Lifetime .502 record as a head coach. He is the epitome of mediocrity leveraged by HYPE!

  3. You all don’t watch football. You look for hype. Gruden is a career .540 HC with a ring from a team created by a previous coach. If you don’t accept that logic just look at his record after winning that ring. Nothing. Which is why he got fired.

  4. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAA!!!

    A .500 coach who hasn’t coached in a decade is going to the Raiders!!! Is there anytime for Raiders than this? Love it. Nice to have Jeff Fis…Jon Gruden back in the league.

  5. Why would Gruden leave his cushy gig on Monday Night Football? The Raiders are essentially the west coast Browns. Why would Las Vegas want such a below average team, anyway?

  6. He may be good but let’s be honest, he’s not going to take Raiders to super bowl. History proves no coaches have ever take two teams to super bowl.

  7. Let me know when somebody with credibility reports on this. Adam Schefter? Mortenson? You have to be kidding me.

  8. Gruden would work for the Raiders if he could take Bill Callahan and Vic(Lord Fangio) with him.

    They better do something. I know it’s been ice cold living in that great 49er shadow. Especially with Jimmy “Franchise” G returning the squad back to glory.

  9. “Gruden won in Tampa Bay with Tony Dungy’s players”

    So sick of hearing this. Why couldn’t Tony Dungy win in Tampa with Tony Dungy’s players?

  10. Heisenberg says:
    December 30, 2017 at 10:23 pm

    “Gruden won in Tampa Bay with Tony Dungy’s players”

    So sick of hearing this. Why couldn’t Tony Dungy win in Tampa with Tony Dungy’s players?

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    funny part is they only won because of Gruden, Callahan changed nothing in that offense that was 100% grudens offense.

  11. Gruden would finish what he couldn’t do in 2001. Win a Super Bowl in the Silver and Black.

    Now that Al is dead, the NFL is less harsher on the Raiders. Gruden’s biggest complaint was “having to play two teams every Sunday.”

    He brings swagger and will put butts in the seats in the new stadium. This is a “no brainer.” For him and the team.

  12. pooflingingmonkey says:
    December 30, 2017 at 10:08 pm
    Why would Gruden leave his cushy gig on Monday Night Football?
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    Maybe because ESPN is going under? That might be a reason to jump ship Mr. Monkey.

  13. Some of you really don’t understand the game. Gruden built Oakland into a SuperBowl team, and then beat them with a team Dungy couldn’t win crap with. He’s miles better than Dungy. Dungy rode the coattail of Peyton Manning into a SuperBowl win, but was also obliterated in the playoffs several times with that Colts team.

  14. The guy has not coached in ten years.
    He won that SB with Tonys Boys.
    He won because he knows how to…….well, talk.
    Figures, loser Davis and his Sin City bound band of punks would want him for a HC.

  15. Do you remember the theory about the Raiders capturing the LA fan base, being a long drive from LA? Well, that’s not going to happen and Jimmy G will render them as the second team in the Bay Area.

  16. He would be a nice coach for Green bay packers. All he would have to do is bring a defense coach for the team.

  17. Codylaws: you have to word your statement better. Six different coaches have take two different teams to the Super Bowl.
    Your statement should be that no NFL coach has won a Super Bowl with two different teams.

  18. codylaws says:
    December 30, 2017 at 10:11 pm

    He may be good but let’s be honest, he’s not going to take Raiders to super bowl. History proves no coaches have ever take two teams to super bowl.
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    Gruden did it in the same Super Bowl.

  19. He may be good but let’s be honest, he’s not going to take Raiders to super bowl. History proves no coaches have ever take two teams to super bowl.

    Several head coaches have taken 2 teams to the super bowl. Don Shula,Bill Parcells,Dan Reeves,Mike Holmgren and John Fox.

  20. * Gruden made the playoffs 4 other times besides his Super Bowl year.

    * Went 8-8 first year Oakland after taking over a 4-12 team.

    * left Bucs 9-7 his final year, they went 3-13 the next year without him.

    * went 8-8 one year in Oakland with Donald Hollas and Vince Evans as his QBs.

    * Gruden began his Tampa career without 1st and 2nd rounders TWO drafts in a row because that’s what the team traded for him. Still made the Super Bowl and the playoffs a few times with quarterbacks like Brian Griese and 40 year old Jeff Garcia.

    * his .540 all time win % is ahead of guys like Dick Vermeil, Tom Coughlin, Dan Reeves, and Tom Flores. And again that’s with multiple years of no prime draft picks in Tampa.

    Who knows how rusty he would be after 10 years and I doubt he wants to leave a cushy job to try to grind it out again, but all Raider fans care about is that he’s a big upgrade over Del Rio, especially when it comes to having high quality coordinators during the prime of Derek Carr and Khalil Mack’s careers.

  21. I Love This! Vingtage, classic Raider mismanagement move. Gruden is so overrated, over hyped. His head coaching record is .500 and Davis is going to break the bank on him and offer him ownership? Yes! Please make this happen! And next season, to add sizzle to their home games in an attempt to sell seats, not tarps, they will elephants and strippers for their half time show. Ahsum! LOL!

  22. I noticed Gruden’s new haircut two weeks ago… its the same bewildering haircut that Mark Davis is sporting. I figured there is only one reason why you’d cut your hair that way, (other than whatever reason Mark Davis does it for…)

  23. It’s not time for Gruden, yet! The outgoing coach has to build up a championship caliber roster first….THEN Gruden can swoop in and take all the credit. Silly, Davis…Trix are for Kids!

  24. I see the excitement this move would generate but I just don’t see him winning with the Raiders. The biggest thing Chucky had going for him in Oakland was his teaming with Gannon. Gannon was the MAN in that offense and the guy was dynamic in the way he ran the offense. Carr rates a 2 if Gannon was a 10. Carr is scared and on dimensional. Gannon won because he wanted to win and would take no less from his team. Carr……? he’s just scared.

  25. codylaws says:
    December 30, 2017 at 10:11 pm

    He may be good but let’s be honest, he’s not going to take Raiders to super bowl. History proves no coaches have ever take two teams to super bowl.
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    Um, yeah. Parcells took the Giants and Patriots to the Super Bowl.

  26. The speculation that there was a lost bidding war by Tampa for Gruden’s services would only make sense if Gruden was the only “new” coach that Tampa was willing to sign. That is absurd. This sounds more like someone attempting to justify (rationalize) earlier reporting by this site that Gruden was headed to Tampa.

  27. Jon Gruden has always been all about Jon Gruden and I’m not the least bit enthusiastic about him rejoining the Raiders. With the Raiders the first time he had some success, but it took him 3 years to get the team to the playoffs (whereas Del Rio and Art Shell did it in their 2nd years). He won a Super Bowl in Tampa but that was with the team that Dungy put together and he later rode the Bucs into the ground and got fired.

    As far as I’m concerned, bringing back Gruden would be another failed publicity stunt by Son-of-Al (like Marshawn Lynch). I think that Gruden would be as much of a failure in a 2nd Oakland stint as Art Shell was with his 2nd HC stint with the Raiders.

  28. Heisenberg says:
    December 30, 2017 at 10:23 pm
    “Gruden won in Tampa Bay with Tony Dungy’s players”

    So sick of hearing this. Why couldn’t Tony Dungy win in Tampa with Tony Dungy’s players?

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    The Bucs beat the Raiders who Gruden had coached the year before. He knew all the strengths and weaknesses of the players. The Raiders head coach was Gruden’s OC from 2001. The offense did not change from the time Gruden left until they met in the superbowl.

    Callahan was very unoriginal and didn’t change a thing or try to disguise anything from the guy who ran the offense the year before.

    It makes it alot easier when you know what the opposing team is calling and know their audibles. They didn’t even change the audibles.

    Plus Gruden did not build a dynasty. He lived off of that first year the rest of his career. Only making the playoffs 1 time in the next 6 seasons.

  29. first of all, every one of you saying he won with Tony’s guys don’t know what you are talking about. I live in Tampa and a Bucs fan and I can tell you when he came here he completely revamped and overhauled the offense and BTW, he had no 1st or 2nd round draft picks for 2 years and still won. The defense was in place and very good so no coach in the league would have touched that. He won a super bowl with BRAD JOHNSON as the quarterback and Micheal Pittman as running back. Keeshon Johnson was old and slow, Keenan McCardell was a has been from Jacksonville. The only real threat he had on offense was Mike Alstott. So before you think you know about this team do your research. Gruden did a great job as coach and any team is going to be better with him. You Raider fans should be happy if he comes back because your team has been as bad as ours since he left and you know it.

  30. Chuckie’s in love with the idea.

    Maybe he will be the next GM? I recall him gushing over Carr when every one else thought Johnny football was going to be man.

  31. As long as he has a good QB Chucky is a good coach. He didnt win Super Bowls in Oak but competing for Super Bowls for three years was quite an accomplishment after some bad years. Lots of good coaches dont have multiple rings.

  32. commentawaitingdeletion says:
    December 31, 2017 at 10:20 am

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    codylaws says:
    December 30, 2017 at 10:11 pm

    He may be good but let’s be honest, he’s not going to take Raiders to super bowl. History proves no coaches have ever take two teams to super bowl.
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    Say what?? Dick Vermeil, Don Shula, Bill Parcells, John Fox, Dan Reeves and Mike Holmgren all took two different teams to the Super Bowl. What history ‘proves’ is you don’t know anything about it.

  33. There are teams/players/owners that care about fame and publicity and there are teams/players/owners that care about winning. It’s pretty obvious which are which.

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