Gruden could follow coaches who sat out before return

Round 1 No. 10. Bradley Chubb | DE  DL | N.C. State

Round 1 No. 10. Bradley Chubb | DE DL | N.C. State

Monday, the Packers announced that longtime general manager Ted Thompson would be transitioning to a new role with the team as its senior advisor to football operations leaving the door open for a potential McKenzie return.

The 54-year-old spent seven seasons as the Bucs coach, but was sacked following the 2008 campaign after a 9-7 term. The Buccaneers have also reportedly been interested in Gruden, who has worked as an analyst for ESPN since he was sacked by Tampa Bay in January 2009. From 1998-2001, Gruden was head coach of the Oakland Raiders compiling a record of 38-28 with two playoff appearances that ended in the AFC Wild Card rounds to the Baltimore Ravens. He won the Super Bowl the following year, defeating the Raiders by a 48-21 score.

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A day before the Raiders fired Jack Del Rio, Adam Schefter filed a report that the Raiders were heavily pursuing Gruden. "We congratulate you as you head back to the sidelines with the Raiders". Both the league and the Fritz Pollard Alliance, the diversity group that works closely with the NFL on its minority hiring practices, say the Raiders complied with the rule. "I want you", Gruden said, "what do you say about that?" Gruden has already started putting together a staff with Cincinnati defensive coordinator Paul Guenther among those expected to join. "Thank you, it's been a great run". The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the Raiders were not releasing the names of candidates. More than a decade later, Shell's second stint with the franchise lasted one year and led to just two wins. Gibbs returned to coaching in 2004 and his second stint in Washington wasn't almost as effective as his first.

Other teams have also done it, with one of the most recent notable coaching hires being Joe Gibbs in Washington.

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A top priority for Oakland's next head coach will be re-establishing Carr, who struggled this past season.

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