Raiders to pursue Gruden as head coach, could offer ownership stake

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ESPN's Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen reported the Raiders will pursue Gruden, who won't be headed to Tampa Bay after the Buccaneers committed to Dirk Koetter for at least on more season.

It appears it's not merely a pipe dream for the Raiders to persuade Gruden to re-join the head coaching ranks, as the report mentions that Gruden will be tempted to accept the offer, but would choose to wait until the end of the 2017 season to make his decision.

Gruden wasn't much more fortunate in his first season (1998) at the controls of Oakland, as he was handed a roster that had quarterbacks Donald Hollas, Wade Wilson and the perennially underachieving mistake waiting to happen Jeff George to choose from. "Gruden's contract even could be backloaded to pay him more in the Nevada years and lessen his tax burden during the Oakland ones".

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When new broke that the Oakland Raiders were so desperate to hire Jon Gruden that a stake in ownership, it instantly became the talk of the NFL.

Even though Gruden has been hesitate in the past to return to coaching, he will have enough power within the organization that he can reshape the entire front office and coaching staff, though some holdovers still remain from his first time coaching the team.

During a 6-10 finish in 2017 that resulted in a third-place finish in the AFC West, the Raiders struggled under offensive coordinator Todd Downing, fueled by a mediocre passing attack and a ground game that lingered near the bottom of the National Football League rankings all season despite the Raiders' big-money commitments to offensive linemen Kelechi Osemele, Gabe Jackson and Donald Penn. This team needs a shot in the arm in a big way, especially since it will soon be leaving Northern California for Las Vegas.

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Tennessee fans, you might want to sit down for this. I cant say I havent taken any phone calls.

It's going to be an interesting offseason for the Raiders for sure. Guys want to bounce ideas off me.

On the surface, the answer to whether or not the Raiders bringing back former coach Jon Gruden for another go-round would be the second coming of ex-two-time coach Art Shell seems ludicrous. "I'm here to help people". Which actually gives him less experience than Simms, who spent a year as a coaching assistant with the Patriots.

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The Raiders could move on from Del Rio after Sunday's game against the division rival Los Angeles Chargers.

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