Could Raiders Bring Back Jon Gruden?

Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden shouts instructions during their 16-13 overtime loss to the New England Patriots in an AFC Divisional playoff game in Foxboro, Mass. Saturday, Jan. 19, 2002. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

Oakland Raiders’ fans: start drooling at the possibility of this…

ProFootballWeekly’s Hub Arkush told a Chicago radio station on Tuesday that the Raiders are “in talks” with Jon Gruden to bring him back to Oakland as presumably the head coach.

Gruden coached the Raiders from 1998-2001, compiling a 36-28 record in the regular season and 2-2 in the playoffs. Under Gruden, the Raiders improved from last place in 1997 to a legitimate contender in just two seasons. Oakland finished 12-4 in 2000 and lost to the Ravens in the AFC Championship.

Gruden departed to coach Tampa Bay in 2002, where he won a Superbowl against the Raiders in his very first season with the Buccaneers. Since 2002, the Raiders have yet to have a winning season and have not made the playoffs.

Gruden is currently an analyst on Monday Night Football for ESPN, but has reportedly indicated that he would like to return to the sidelines in the near future.

He boasts a career NFL coaching record of 95-81.

 

Topics: Jon Gruden, Oakland Raiders

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  • http://www.basesandbaskets.com/ Elijah

    I am a HUGE fan of Gruden and wow…. this would be an absolutely perfect fit for the Raiders (as it was back in the day). Still disappointed in the front office’s decision to get rid of Hue Jackson and I think it’s rough giving Dennis Allen only a year to work with a mediocre roster but this would be a great way to help us forgive Gruden for our misery of losing the Super Bowl at his hands way back when.

    • goldenbaysports

      I agree that adding Gruden would be a huge plus, but it is unfair giving Allen a year with all the unfortunate circumstances that he has had to deal with. Think of it of the 49ers chasing Peyton Manning even after Alex Smith led them to the NFC Championship game. It’s Peyton Manning, what else do you have to say? Same thing applies here – it’s Jon Gruden, for Pete’s sake!

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