December 9, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers former head coach Jon Gruden talks during the presentation of the 10th anniversary of the 2002 Super Bowl Champions during halftime against the Philadelphia Eagles at Raymond James Stadium. The Eagles won 23-21. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Rich Gannon says Jon Gruden could return to coach Oakland Raiders

The Houston Texans interviewed Lovie Smith for their head coaching vacancy but they won’t be the only team this offseason looking for a new head coach. The Oakland Raiders are still employing Dennis Allen but that could change in the final few weeks of the season and if it does, former Super Bowl quarterback Rich Gannon believes an old, scrunchy face could be returning to the sidelines.

Gannon spoke on 95.7FM in the Bay Area and hinted towards a Jon Gruden return to Oakland. Gannon said that he’s spoken directly to Gruden and from their conversations, believes that the former Raiders head coach has a desire to return to the place where he grabbed his first NFL head coaching gig.

“I know that he still has the desire to get back and do it at some point,” Gannon said.  “I don’t know when.  I don’t know where.  But I know this, that he had two bad experiences as a head coach with some owners that he just had a tough time with.  And you know I think it’s pretty clear that he didn’t necessarily see eye to eye with Mr. Davis . . . . and I think he wants to go somewhere where he’s got an owner that’s not gonna, you know, try and pick the roster and try and call the plays, and just a guy that he can just come in and work for and hire a staff and get the thing turned around.”

This isn’t the first time Gruden returning to the Raiders has been brought up or speculated. Before the team hired Dennis Allen, there was talk that Gruden could return to Oakland like a knight in shining armor. It didn’t happen then and might not happen now, but Gannon is clearly starting the dialog before the seat in Oakland is even empty.


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  • TribalX

    Obviously Rich Gannon doesn’t feel Dennis Allen is up to the task of outcoaching John Fox and Andy Reid. Neither do I. That would be one helluva learning curve, trying to get on their level. Why not just hire the right guy?

  • Scott N Liz Barnes

    That would be awesome. Raiders haven’t won since he left.

    • Chris Schroeder

      Actually, it was the year after Gruden was fired that they went to the Super Bowl with Callahan as their coach. Only to lose to Gruden. I get your point though. Gruden would be awesome as our HC, but he loves his current job and make about 5 mil a year for doing a lot less work then coaching a NFL team. Don’t see him coming back for that reason alone. Especially for a team in rebuilding mode. Makes no sence to me, but we’ll see.

  • Gary Schneider

    Hey Gruden, talk to Houston. They have the players, just no coach. We haven’t had a coach in Houston since we were awarded the franchise.

    • Ricky Bobby

      Raiders have the players as well, problem is they have a biased HC who also threw the D under the bus while praising & protecting his “previous” MM.

  • Phil Mokate

    It starts with coaching. He has been outcoached, outclassed and lied to his team about making TP the guy they were going with. That’s when the team was balling. MM has lost his teammates and the coach has lost the playoff hope, fans and most importantly his team and staff! Another failed experiment! We need a veteran coach to match Reid and Fox and obviously McCoy?

  • Ricky Bobby

    C’mon home Jon, DA: GTFOH!!