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

Jon Gruden still intrigued by Raiders


It wasn’t too long ago that Jon Gruden said he was comfortable in the Monday Night Football booth and that he was committed to his job with ESPN, but reports surfaced last week that said Gruden would have interest in returning to coaching if it was with the Oakland Raiders.

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports continues to hear that there is interest from Gruden in joining the Raiders, and he passed along the updated information on Sunday morning.

La Canfora wrote:

Back in November I reported that former Super Bowl winning coach Jon Gruden would be drawn to the possibility of coaching the Raiders or Falcons, and I continue to hear that Oakland in particular has a certain appeal to him and owner Mark Davis could re-start attempts to lure Gruden back.

Davis was in protracted talks to try to land Gruden late in the 2012 season, league sources said, and while the Raiders’ finances have been constrained, and it would take a massive commitment to land Gruden and his staff, it remains possible with young head coach Dennis Allen again under review and the Raiders still stuck on four wins. While many in the coaching fraternity frown on the Raiders’ coaching situation, sources said Gruden, who formerly coached there, maintains a strong connection to the team and is very close with Raiders Hall of Fame coach John Madden.

With all of the connections, it would certainly make sense for Gruden to consider the Raiders if they offered him the job.

All we will need to do is wait and see if the Raiders ever reach out.

If they do and Gruden decides to return to coaching in the NFL, then that could be bad news for Terrelle Pryor and Matt McGloin. Gruden would likely want to start over with his own quarterback running the show, so Oakland could look to draft a quarterback early in the 2014 NFL Draft with Gruden running the show.

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  • Scott N Liz Barnes

    I hope he goes back to the raiders

  • James Holtslander

    Seeing that the curse of chuckie is out now… Perfect timing.. And the large cap space Gruden would have in oakland, if he’s given power that al wouldn’t give. I want it to happen!

    • Scott N Liz Barnes

      You said it. What a Christmas present that would be

  • Phil Mokate

    That would be good,but there is always a bad side too, I wonder if the price would be to high and eat up cap space? He knows Mark is desperate and he may take advantage of that ?; but we need a coach that can coach against Reid and Fox, We have to beat our division first and DA can’t out coach them.

  • PJ

    Money was the reason he didnt get hired last year. If Chucky comes back RM is most certain to be fired to. Chucky wants GM duties as well from what I have heard and Marky mark may pull the trigger to get out of the cellar!