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Jack Del Rio Fired by Raiders Amid Jon Gruden Rumors

01 January 2018

Del Rio signed a three-year contract extension following last year's playoff season.

Although Carr was healthy and the Raiders bolstered their backfield by signing Marshawn Lynch out of retirement, the Silver and Black's once-vaunted attack was enveloped by a malaise following the offseason ouster of offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave. In his first season in Tampa, Gruden got his revenge as he led the Bucs to a 12-4 regular season and crushed the Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII, 48-21. After ranking top 10 offensively in points and yards last season, they are 23rd and 19th, respectively, this year. Memphis TV station WREG reported Gruden was weighing a Tennessee offer that would give him a piece of the Browns, who are owned by Jimmy Haslam _ brother of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam.

But this time, Gruden would be given enough power in Oakland to be able to reshape the front office, coaching staff and entire organization, though there still are some holdovers from when he coached there.

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Gruden went 95-81 over his coaching career, notching a 38-26 record over the first four years of his career in Oakland.

ESPN reported the Raiders interest in the ESPN analyst Sunday morning. Oakland has been better under Pagano, but there were plenty of times where this unit could not help its offense out by creating turnovers.

Check back for more on this breaking story. Gibbs has regularly done studio work breaking down National Football League film, not unlike Gruden does, and that didn't help him stay up to speed with the schemes and gameplans that had changed since the last time he coached. The Raiders then won the AFC championship under Bill Callahan but were routed by Grudens Bucs in Super Bowl XXXVII. The franchise has held off endorsing Del Rio as its coach next season until they know about Gruden's plans.

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Gruden's best teams were with any combination of Rich Gannon, Brad Johnson, Brian Griese, and Jeff Garcia under center. There is perhaps no name bigger than Gruden's out there on the coaching market, so it will be interesting to see where he ends up in 2018.

Gannon never has coached; he went straight to broadcasting upon his retirement. However, the notion he could come back to the Raiders doesn't seem all that farfetched.

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Jack Del Rio Fired by Raiders Amid Jon Gruden Rumors