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Jon Gruden wants Jets OC John Morton if hired by Raiders

12 Января 2018

The Oakland Raiders are planning on offering Jon Gruden to become the team's next head coach, according to Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen of ESPN.

Del Rio leaves after compiling a 25-23 record in his three seasons with the Raiders, making the playoffs in one of those years.

Gruden made it seem as if it is only a matter of a time that he takes the job in Oakland by saying the following when asked if he'll indeed take the job with the Raiders on ESPN's Golic & Wingo, transcription via Tom Shad of USA Today. "I can't say I haven't taken any phone calls".

The "Monday Night Football" analyst wouldn't comment on the possibility of a return to Oakland.

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Jon Gruden could soon return to Oakland to once again be the head coach of the Raiders

Former NFL coach and TV analyst Dick Vermeil feels a special kinship with Jon Gruden.

"I guess I'll believe it when I see it", Condo said. Yeah, sometimes owners. Guys want to bounce ideas off me. "I spoke with [owner] Mark Davis after the game and Mark let me know that he's not going to be bringing me back".

With the Raiders preparing for a move to Las Vegas in 2020, it's clear the owner, Mark Davis, wants a big-time head coach in place to stoke fan interest. "I'm here to help people". It would open up a huge can of worms since future coaching hires would expect ownership clauses.

Gruden, now working as an ESPN analyst, was then asked if he was indeed a candidate.

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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.

Del Rio's departure came just three hours after the Indianapolis Colts said they also had sacked their head coach Chuck Pagano. It seems all that needs to happen before Gruden's hiring is made official is the satisfaction of the Rooney rule and Gruden calling the National Football League playoff game for ESPN this coming weekend.

It seems certain that current Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio is a dead man walking. With Carr battling a back injury for much of the season, Del Rio is not entirely to blame for Oakland finishing with a losing record this season. Gruden has not been the same in the ESPN booth the last two years. "As a player, we didnt play up to our expectations, and he had to pay the price". "We were getting ready for what's next".

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Jon Gruden wants Jets OC John Morton if hired by Raiders