Report: Jon Gruden wants Jets OC in Oakland

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Once the Raiders finish making a mockery of the Rooney Rule and hire Jon Gruden, he’s going to need to put a coaching staff together.

And it appears he’s targeted a Jets assistant, who would likely be able to join him.

According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, Gruden is expected to target Jets offensive coordinator John Morton for his Oakland staff, and the Jets aren’t expected to block the move.

Morton was working in personnel for the Raiders during Gruden’s first stint as the head coach there, moving into the coaching staff the year after he left.

Morton was the receivers coach for the Saints last year, and has also worked for the 49ers, with stints at Southern Cal and the University of San Diego (on Jim Harbaugh’s staff) as well.

25 responses to “Report: Jon Gruden wants Jets OC in Oakland

  1. Making a mockery of the Rooney rule? You mean like every team. This rule obviously doesn’t work. No team follows the rule, they are going to hire who they want.

    I don’t have an answer other than time “shoukd” make this better. It’s a crappy answer, but so is the Rooney rule.

  2. Also there were 11 minority coaches in 2017. Some may be fired, so who knows for next year. But it appears patience has been a better solution than the rule. Which to me seems a bit derogatory.

  3. Why implement the Rooney rule, the track record shows is don’t work.
    Besides, the NFL will not enforce the rule anyway.
    They have let teams slide by without punishment in the past.

  4. Well it looks like my Raiders rise to the top was just a flash in the pan.

    I cant stand Gruden and believe hes the most overhyped coach in the history of the NFL. What QB has he developed? What evidence is there of him being a team builder? He quit coaching the second it got difficult for him and somehow still rides this hype wave.

    I still have faith in Carr and some of the Core Defensive pieces and Oline but i feel super let down at the WR core in general this year. Carr put up the same exact numbers he had his rookie year and would probably have had 20% more production if it werent for the excessive amount of dropped balls this year.

    Bring lynch and Bowman back, bring Pagano and most of the defensive staff back. Cut Sean Smith and get a legit WR and LT in the draft early and then focus on CBs after that.

  5. “a mockery of the Rooney Rule”
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    why does a team have to interview anyone they don’t want to hire? They obviously want Gruden(although I’m not sure why) and they should be able to hire whoever they want. The rule is reverse racism at its best.

  6. The Rooney rule IS a mockery. Every time it’s brought up it is a insult to every non-white potential coach

  7. Does this mean Josh McCown will be the raiders qb next year? You know Gruden hates the youngsters and he could probably get some draft picks for Derek Carr as he runs the franchise into the ground like he did in Tampa.

  8. Pagano is out, I dont like John Morton, at least not as an OC, draft a punishing big back, bring back Lynch one more year tho, draft OL, CB, S, and the most important, pay top $$$ for a quality back up QB

  9. The Rooney Rule is discrimination and should be struck down by the Supreme Court. Even MLK himself would have hated the stupid thing and wanted it abolished. Hire the best man (or woman) for the job, regardless of race, creed, or color. That’s fair. Forcing a team to interview someone on the basis of their color is blatant racism.

  10. chaunce922 says:
    January 1, 2018 at 8:01 am
    Well it looks like my Raiders rise to the top was just a flash in the pan.

    I cant stand Gruden and believe hes the most overhyped coach in the history of the NFL. What QB has he developed? What evidence is there of him being a team builder?

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    1 – Apparently you’ve never heard of Bruce Arians

    2- He built the last team that the Raiders took to the SB and then beat it because once the owner traded him to the Bucs – the replacement coach didn’t even bother to change the play vocabulary and his Buc defense simply knew EVERYTHING that was coming their way because Jon is the one that invented what was coming their way.

  11. “Once the Raiders finish making a mockery of the Rooney Rule”

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    I stopped defending Al Davis in his last 15 years when his decisions drove the Raiders into the ground. But in fairness, his positive Raiders legacy (aside from his first 22 years with the Raiders) was the fact that the Raiders were ALWAYS pioneers at the forefront of what the Rooney Rule was *supposed* to address. To wit, Davis hired the first Hispanic HC (Tom Flores) ever and the first Black HC (Art Shell) of the modern era.

    I also think that Son-of-Al is a horrible owner but the current Raiders GM (Reggie McKenzie) is also a minority.

  12. the “Rooney rule” is a big joke, who cares what skin color they guy is as long as he can coach, the world is too sensitive these days thanks to social media and it makes me sick.

  13. Morton will stay with the Jets. He has a good thing going here and has complete control over the offense with a high draft pick coming it at QB that he can mold. Plus he could be the next head coach of the Jets depending on how things go for Bowles.

  14. all you donkey’s who say that Davis is racist, have you seen the Raiders g.m. Reggie McKenzie, the last time i checked he is not white.

  15. all you donkey’s who say that Davis is racist, have you seen the Raiders g.m. Reggie McKenzie, the last time i checked he is not white.
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    What? The Raiders have been NFL pioneers in hiring minorities and women in key positions. Nobody can challenge that. Although the last time I checked, McKenzie was 36-59 despite his color. I hope he stays with Oakland for many more years. On 3, GOOOOO REGGGGIE!

    AFC West

  16. I believe the rule should be amended, so that if you CURRENTLY have a minority coach or general manager, then you don’t have to abide by the rule to hire the opposite position. For example, in the case of the Raiders; because they have a minority GM, they would not have to comply in the hiring of a coach.

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