Jon Gruden to be named coach of Oakland Raiders

Rachel Hardy
January 6, 2018

ESPN is reporting the Oakland Raiders are calling a news conference for Tuesday at which time they will introduce Jon Gruden as the team's next head coach.

Steve Corkran of the Raiders Snake Pit was first with the news of Gruden's return. His last game with Oakland was the infamous "Tuck Rule" game during the 2002 playoffs that helped launch the Patriots dynasty. He was 95-81 over 11 seasons with Oakland and Tampa Bay, winning a Super Bowl with the Buccaneers.

Gruden, who began his head coaching career with the Raiders in 1998, will succeed Jack Del Rio, who was sacked following a season-ending loss to the Los Angeles Chargers that capped a disappointing 6-10 campaign.

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The Raiders are scheduled to have two more seasons in Oakland before moving to Las Vegas. Gruden has already started putting together a staff with Cincinnati defensive co-ordinator Paul Guenther among those expected to join.

"I can tell you we believe the Rooney Rule was complied with", Lockhart said. He was sent to the Buccaneers in a rare trade of an National Football League coach by late Raiders owner Al Davis. He served as an assistant coach for the Green Bay Packers before taking command of the Raiders in 1998. He was sacked after going 9-7 in 2008 with the Buccaneers, his seventh season with the team.

Under the new deal with the Raiders, Gruden's coordinators will receive four-year contracts, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

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