The next head coach of the Oakland Raiders will be Jon Gruden, according to Adam Schefter. During a segment on SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt, Schefter flatly said there was “no question” that Gruden would be the man the team chooses to lead the team next.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 1, 2018
The Raiders fired head coach Jack Del Rio following the team’s finale on Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers. After a 12-win season in 2016, Del Rio had high expectations for the 2017 year. He finished the year 6-10, having ended the year on a four-game losing streak, while squandering an early 2-0 start to the campaign.
Gruden has been one of the most sought after coaches on the open market over the past few years, with Schefter originally reporting on Saturday that the Raiders were likely to put on a full-court press in order to acquire his services. He hasn’t served in the capacity of head coach since the 2008 season while with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Raiders and Gruden are no stranger to one another. He served as the team’s head coach from 1998-2001, going 38-26 overall in his tenure and failing to finish below .500 in any of those years. He made the postseason in both 2000 and 2001, winning a game in each instance. Ahead of the 2002 year, he joined on with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and won Super Bowl XXXVII in his first year at the helm.
He went on to spend seven seasons with the Bucs, making the playoffs on three separate occasions before finishing 57-55 while with the team.
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