Jon Gruden leaves broadcast booth to again coach Raiders

Jessica Allison
January 6, 2018

The Raiders' owner and managing general owner also may include an ownership stake in the offer to Gruden, also reported by Schefter.

Despite rumors heavily pointing toward Jon Gruden becoming the Oakland Raiders' next head coach, an National Football League spokesman said Friday that the organization hasn't violated the Rooney Rule. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Friday because the team has made no formal announcement.

Gruden, who began his coaching career with the Raiders in 1998, will replace Jack Del Rio, who was sacked following a season-ending loss to the Los Angeles Chargers that capped a disappointing 6-10 campaign.

Gruden famously won Super Bowl XXXVII with the Tampa Bay Bucs back in 2003. when he beat the Raiders.

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This season Oakland missed the playoffs with a final record of 6-10, after ending a 14-year postseason drought a season ago finishing 12-4.

His tenure ended shortly after the "Tuck Rule" loss to the New England Patriots when he was traded the following month to Tampa Bay for two first-round draft picks, two second-rounders and $8 million. He has a 95-81 career record.

"I can tell you we believe the Rooney Rule was complied with", Lockhart said. "We'll see what decision they make".

Per ESPN's Jim Trotter, the Raiders complied by interviewing tight ends coach Bobby Johnson and "an unidentified college coach" earlier this week.

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