On Wednesday, ESPN analyst Jon Gruden said during an appearance on “Golic and Wingo” that there’s a “good chance” he’ll accept the offer to become the Raiders next head coach if Mark Davis officially extends it to him, per Dianna Russini.
Gruden says that he has already met with Davis and he’s just waiting for them to make a decision on who they’ll hire, per Russini.
According to Gruden, he missed the players and being part of a team. Although, he’s been through contracts with the Raiders before so he cautioned that he’s not sure what’s going to happen.
While some reports said that the Raiders could offer him an ownership stake, Gruden said: “No ownership, that’s for sure.”
All indications are that Gruden is going to be next head coach of the Raiders, barring a surprising turn of events.
A few days ago, Adam Schefter mentioned on Sportscenter Sunday evening that it’s clear from the Raiders’ decision to fire HC Jack Del Rio that they’re going to hire Gruden as their next head coach.
“It’s that simple. You don’t make that move with Jack Del Rio unless you know you can get Jon Gruden,” Schefter said. “Jon Gruden is going to be the next head coach of the Oakland Raiders. The only question is when it happens.”
There was a lot of buzz about Gruden returning to the NFL, but with the Buccaneers. However, Tampa Bay surprisingly elected to keep Dirk Koetter in place as their head coach, which implied that talks with Gruden went in a different direction.
It will be interesting to see how quickly things play out regarding the Raiders’ head coach position.
Gruden, 54, began his head coaching career with the Raiders back in 1998. He was actually traded to the Buccaneers in 2002 after years in Oakland.
During Gruden’s 11-year coaching career, he posted a record of 95 and 81 (.540) to go along with four division titles and a Super Bowl Championship with the Buccaneers.
We’ll have more regarding Gruden and the Raiders as the news is available.