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The Raiders Want Jon Gruden

The Raiders Want Jon Gruden

If Gruden needs any extra convincing, Raiders owner Mark Davis could offer Gruden ownership share of the team.

Oakland fired head coach Jack Del Rio on Sunday.

ALAMEDA, Calif. - Oakland Raiders coach Jack Del Rio was sacked Sunday after his third year when the impressive turnaround job he engineered for his hometown team collapsed with a disappointing six-win season. And it makes sense for the Raiders, who had four non-losing seasons until they traded him to Tampa Bay in February 2002.

Gruden, according to ESPN, has even been an offered an ownership stake in the team as an enticement. In the meantime, he's still planning to call this week's AFC Wild Card matchup between the Titans and Chiefs - a team he'll face twice each season when he does take over in Oakland.

The "Monday Night Football" analyst wouldn't comment on the possibility of a return to Oakland.

Asked by McDonald about the situation in Oakland, Gruden said he hears the Raiders are "interviewing candidates this week". His name still is in the mix every year when National Football League head coaching jobs open up, but he's seemed content to stay in the booth.

The Raiders already fired Del Rio and Tuesday morning on WFAN, Boomer Esiason said that it's considered a "done deal". Yeah, sometimes owners. Guys want to bounce ideas off me.

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Pagano went 53-45 in six seasons in Indianapolis, missing the playoffs the last three years. This team needs a shot in the arm in a big way, especially since it will soon be leaving Northern California for Las Vegas. "I'm here to help people". However, with so many coaching vacancies expected, that shouldn't last long.

Del Rio's departure came just three hours after the Indianapolis Colts said they also had sacked their head coach Chuck Pagano.

Could Gruden actually receive an ownership stake?

Davis has always been intrigued about a second stint with Gruden but it seemed unlikely the franchise would be in for another change heading into this season.

Gruden told Carr that if he were choosing, he would factor in the brothers' different skill sets and the differences in the game.

He proceeded to lead the Bucs to a 12-4 regular season and a Super Bowl championship over the Raiders during his first year in charge. Us as players, we need to do better. Were kind of angry we let it get to that.