Jon Gruden, Jack Del Rio have the same agent

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It’s awkward, to say the least, that the Raiders reportedly are planning to pursue Jon Gruden while the Raiders still have a head coach in Jack Del Rio. It’s far more awkward, to say the least, when it comes to the question of who represents Gruden and Del Rio.

Answer: The same person.

Bob LaMonte, who represents plenty of NFL coaches and executives, lists both Gruden and Del Rio as clients. So unless Gruden is talking to the Raiders without LaMonte being aware of it, LaMonte is in a delicate spot, to say the least.

It will be interesting to see what Del Rio has to say about the situation after Sunday’s game against the Chargers. He has yet to react to the report on his Twitter page; whatever he says (or doesn’t say) will say plenty.

While getting fired and rumors of getting fired go with the territory, it’s a shame that Del Rio finds himself in the middle of this. He grew up in the Bay Area, and he has a genuine passion for the Raiders.

So how about this: What if Del Rio remains as the defensive coordinator? Yes, it’s impractical for plenty of reasons, but it would be a great story if the Raiders would find a way to get both guys to work together. And it’s the one way that sharing an agent would provide an advantage.

10 responses to “Jon Gruden, Jack Del Rio have the same agent

  1. I find it highly coincidental that these “Grumors” started almost immediately after the Bucs announced they are keeping Dirk Koetter. This seems to be nothing more than Mark Davis giving Jon Gruden some leverage in his MNF contract negotiations. I expect Del Rio to be retained.

  2. When Son-of-Al inherited the Raiders he admitted that he had no football knowledge and he vowed to leave coaching/personnel decisions to the GM and HC. After more bad seasons, the Raiders finally appeared to have turned the corner in 2016 with Del Rio leading a team that still had talent deficiencies but was young-and-hungry.

    And then Son-of-Al messed it up by breaking his promise and forcing the Raiders to import Lynch the cancer. And now he’s looking to repeat Al Davis’ mistake of bringing back a rusty HC in Gruden who had some previous success with the Raiders but would probably be as bad as Art Shell was the 2nd time.

    So if the Raiders continue to struggle, it’ll be ALL on the owner. In Al Davis’ case it was probably senility in his later years. In Son-of-Al’s case it’s that he’s an immature know-nothing who views the Raiders as a toy.

  3. I can see Gannon becoming QB Coach for Carr, but that’s about it.

    If anything, Gruden is squeezing ESPN for more money.

  4. “So how about this: What if Del Rio remains as the defensive coordinator?”

    You sound like an idiotic fan.

  5. Having the same agent won’t have much to do with anything. The agent has to know how to treat each situation separately or he will never be able to work in this field. If Del Rio gets fired there is nothing the agent can do and if can earn money with the Raiders next hire he isn’t going to let hard feelings get in the way of that. The agent isn’t emotionally invested in either guy, his job is to make the most money he can. If he can get his percentage on Del Rio’s contract and get paid with Gruden for the same job its is really a win for the agent. I remember Florio saying P. Manning wouldn’t go to Denver because he and Tebow had the same agent, doesn’t work that way.

  6. Honestly, I can’t see why Gruden is such a ‘big deal’. He’s got a popular personality on MNF and funny sound-bites when he’s miked-up as a coach. He won a SuperBowl with already established championship caliber roster that only needed a better QB and better play-calling. After that, the Bucs declined rapidly under his so-called ‘leadership’ and now he’s percieved as Don Shula reincarnated or something. Give me a break.

  7. You really don’t pay attention to college football do you? Jimmy Sexton does this every year, so I’m sure it’s easy for a slick talker like LaMonte. Remember, this is the guy who started the “Gruden will go to Notre Dame” fanciful stories back in the day when everyone knew an career NFL coach who had never coached college like him with a Super Bowl caliber team at the time would never do that. If Del Rio gets fired, what does he care. He has the bigger paycheck coming when he negotiates Gruden’s deal, and then he can find Del Rio another coordinator job, which is where he should be at most.

  8. steelchampions says:

    December 31, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    Honestly, I can’t see why Gruden is such a ‘big deal’. He’s got a popular personality on MNF and funny sound-bites when he’s miked-up as a coach. He won a SuperBowl with already established championship caliber roster that only needed a better QB and better play-calling. After that, the Bucs declined rapidly under his so-called ‘leadership’ and now he’s percieved as Don Shula reincarnated or something. Give me a break.
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    He came to the Raiders in 1998 and turned them from a 4-12 team to a playoff/super bowl caliber team…

    I don’t think it will go so well this time…

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