Last week as word leaked out that Gruden would be the next coach, including a confirmation from ESPN colleague Adam Schefter, many wondered how the Raiders planned to satisfy the NFL's "Rooney Rule" which requires teams to interview at least one minority candidate before making a head coaching hire.
Mark Davis the owner of the Raiders has offered a stake in the team to Gruden in the past, said sources, and if that were to be offered again by Davis, Gruden's contract would need to be approved by the National Football League owners. He spent four seasons helping the Raiders become competitive again, and they traded Gruden to the Buccaneers for four draft picks after the 2001 season and two consecutive postseason bids. "None. Zero. That's a nice segment that I saw, but no ownership, that's for sure", Gruden said.More news: England cricket team coach Trevor Bayliss asks Joe Root to skip IPL
Gruden, 54, has been reluctant to return to the NFL in part because of his high-paying job with ESPN on Monday Night Football and because he has been vocal in his distaste for NFLPA-mandated restrictions on practice and training time.
Asked by McDonald about the situation in Oakland, Gruden said he hears the Raiders are "interviewing candidates this week". I take a lot of phone calls from coaches, some others ... yeah, sometimes owners. "But I knew this team and this brotherhood, and I owed it to all my coaches and all my teammates".
With the Raiders preparing for a move to Las Vegas in 2020, it's clear the owner, Mark Davis, wants a big-time head coach in place to stoke fan interest. "I'm here to help people", Gruden said.More news: Baidu, BlackBerry form an autonomous-driving dream team
It total, Gruden was 95-81 in 11 seasons as a head coach. Per their report, Gruden is going to get in the range of $10 million per year.
But Del Rio's sacking after three seasons was less predictable, coming less than a year after he signed a four-year contract extension following a successful 2016, when the Raiders went 12-4 and finally made the playoffs after a 13-season drought. However, Gruden inherited a strong team that Tony Dungy had built and had compiled a 31-18 mark in the three seasons prior to Gruden being handed the reigns. For one thing, broadcasters get behind-the-scenes access to coaches and players in the days leading up to the telecast, something that may not sit well with the Chiefs and Coach Andy Reid if they have to see Gruden on the opposite sideline next season.
"He has no business being the color analyst for ESPN doing the game". "We were getting ready for what's next".More news: In wake of Iran protests, should Canada reopen embassy in Tehran?
Hours before Del Rio was let go, Indianapolis reportedly fired Chuck Pagano. "We wish them all the best".
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