Oakland Raiders officially announce hiring of Jon Gruden

Jon Gruden has returned to don the Silver and Black, and will officially be Head Coach of the Oakland Raiders once again.

He will be introduced by the Raiders at a media conference on Tuesday and replaces Jack Del Rio, who was sacked on December 31.

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Reports in America suggest Gruden has been handed a 10-year contract worth $100m, which would make it the richest coaching contract in National Football League history.

Gruden, 54, last coached in the National Football League in the 2008 season for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Even on Saturday afternoon, Gruden took some digs at his booth partner and the common consensus on Twitter was that the Raiders coach probably couldn't wait to leave McDonough behind and move to greener pastures. "It'll be tough for a lot of us on the crew to be impartial when we go into those production meetings and see you next year".

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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 bounced around for a few more years before being hired Raiders owner Al Davis as the Head Coach in 1998.

The Buccaneers, with Gruden, won Super Bowl XXXVII on January 26, 2003 (48-21). He came back in 2004 and had a 30-34 record in four seasons, leading Washington to two playoff berths. While the quality of the Monday Night games for ESPN hasn't been that great, folks have tuned in to hear what a souring relationship sounded like in real time. When Jon Gruden returns to the Raiders as head coach, he will be bringing along Greg Olson as his offensive coordinator. You might be familiar with "Gruden's QB Camp", which was as segment on ESPN where Gruden would interview college quarterbacks entering the NFL Draft. He has been out of coaching since being fired by Tampa Bay after the 2008 season.

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Gruden's contract extension with ESPN is through 2021, however, he was given a warm send-off from the sports broadcasting company.

  • Jill Young