The Oakland Raiders have confirmed that Jack Del Rio has been relieved of his duties as head coach.
“We appreciate Jack’s effort in building the foundation of this team for the future. Thank you to Jack, his wife, Linda, and his daughter, Aubrey, for their important contributions to the Raiders and our local community in Oakland. We wish them all the best,” said Raiders owner Mark Davis.
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Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio told reporters after Sunday’s game that owner Mark Davis informed him that he’s being fired, per Steve Wyche.
There was talk that Del Rio was a 50-50 at best to be back with the Raiders next year and it looks like the team’s disappointing 2017 season ultimately cost him his job.
Recent reports have said that the Raiders could be targeting Jon Gruden to return as their coach by offering as much as $10 million per year and a potential ownership stake in the franchise.
Del Rio, 54, began his head coaching career with the Jaguars from 2003-2011 and led them to a regular season record of 68-71 (48.9 percent) and franchise to two playoff appearances.
After his time in Jacksonville, the Broncos signed him to become their defensive coordinator from 2012-2014 and helped create one of the strongest defenses in the NFL during that time.
The Raiders brought him in as their head coach in 2015.
Entering today’s game, Del Rio had led the Raiders to a record of 25-21 (54.3 percent), which includes a 12-win season and a playoff appearance in 2016 during his three years with the team.