Wednesday, 17 January, 2018

Jack Del Rio May Not Survive Disappointing Season

Jon Gruden confirms interest in Raiders job: 'I hope I'm a candidate' Jack Del Rio May Not Survive Disappointing Season
Isaac Mcdaniel | 03 January, 2018, 01:33

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Oakland (6-10) will try to lure former Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Jon Gruden out of the broadcast booth to take over.

"My understanding is they're interviewing candidates this week and they're going to let everybody know sometime early next week or whenever they make their decision", Gruden said.

Jon Gruden coached in Oakland for four good years, leading the Raiders to four consecutive.500-or-better seasons, including two playoff appearances and an AFC Championship. The New York Daily News reported interest by Gruden in current Jets offensive coordinator John Morton, who previously worked as a receivers coach in New Orleans (2015-16) and San Francisco (2011-14).

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The year prior, the Raiders also gave general manager Reggie McKenzie an extension, and it's not known how Gruden's hiring would affect the general manager in terms of the draft and free agency. I take a lot every year from coaches, some others. For the first time this season it seemed Del Rio had lost the team as the effort just wasn't what it was in previous weeks. This time, it feels real, as he could the Raiders' next head coach in the coming days. All that is left to do is for Gruden to call his final game at ESPN this Saturday.

However it is clear that Gruden was the Raiders choice from the start after his fired Jack Del Rio and will eat a sizeable contract of $20 million. But again, Gruden has not coached since 2008. Gannon is now a TV analyst for CBS and was in the booth for the Raiders' finale against the Chargers on Sunday. He was an Offensive Assistant under Bill Callahan with the Raiders from 2002 through 2004.

The Raiders had a breakthrough season in 2016 with 12 wins, but it ended in disappointment when a broken leg for quarterback Derek Carr in Week 16 cost the Raiders a chance at a division title and led to a first-round playoff loss. "Whoever they bring in, they've got a great team here". Many changes are expected over the next few weeks, and Raider Nation can't wait to see how it all unfolds.

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