The Raiders fired coach Jack Del Rio on Sunday after they
finished a 6-10 season with a 30-10 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.
Gruden, 54. the analyst on ESPN’s “Monday Night Football”, was
traded by the Raiders to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after the 2001
season and beat Oakland for the Super Bowl title the following
season. He was fired by the Bucs after the 2008 season and has
been in the broadcast booth since then.
Gruden was 38-26 with two playoff appearances in four years in
Oakland. His last game for the Raiders was the famous “Snow
Game” loss to the Patriots in the AFC Divisional Playoff in
January 2002. He was 57-55 with three playoff appearances in
seven seasons in Tampa Bay.
John Middlekauff, who covers the Raiders for TheAthletic.com,
reported he was told by a
Raiders assistant coach that there’s a 99-percent chance
Gruden takes over for Del Rio.
Raiders assistant just now to me- Gruden is coming, 99%
— John Middlekauff (@JohnMiddlekauff)
January 1, 2018
The Raiders have agreed to leave Oakland and move to Las Vegas
as soon as the 2019 season and are scheduled to open a new
stadium in Las Vegas in the 2020 season.