Raiders officially introduce Jon Gruden as head coach

Taylor Byrd
January 7, 2018

The Raiders are set to formally introduce Gruden during a press conference on Tuesday, but Gruden needs no introduction to Raider Nation.

Before and after the Titans beat the Chiefs in the wild-card game on ESPN on Saturday night, Sean McDonough congratulated Jon Gruden and said goodbye to him.

Gruden has worked as a "Monday Night Football" analyst since 2009 and also gained popularity through his "QB Camp" series on ESPN, interviewing quarterback prospects.

If Jon Gruden does leave the comforts of the broadcast booth for a second stint as coach of the Oakland Raiders, he wouldn't be the first coach lured back to the sidelines after a long hiatus from the profession. His Buccaneers beat the Raiders 48-21 in Super Bowl XXXVII.

The Raiders fired Jack Del Rio after the team went 6-10 following a season in which they made the playoffs with a record of 12-4.

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. "I want you", Gruden said, "what do you say about that?"

It started from the very beginning, when Gruden quickly dismissed McDonough's brief tribute by noting that nothing was official with regard to the Oakland job just yet.

That led to the decision to fire Del Rio following his third season and go hard after Gruden. In fact, Cincinnati has been one of the most frequent sources to find first-time head coaches over the past decade. Gibbs stepped away following the 1992 season with three Super Bowl titles in his career.

Gruden spent four seasons as coach in Oakland from 1998-2001.

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