Raiders make it official: Jon Gruden is their new coach

Lawrence Cooper
January 7, 2018

The addition of Jon Gruden as the next head coach of the franchise has changed the entire dynamic in Oakland as McKenzie will work closely with the 54-year-old moving forward.

"Nothing's official", Gruden said before announcing the Titans-Chiefs game for ESPN.

The Raiders will introduce Gruden at a press conference on Tuesday at noon.

In his 11 years of coaching, Gruden compiled a 95-81 record, including a Super Bowl championship with the Bucs during the 2012 season.

Unofficially, Jon Gruden has been the head coach of the Raiders since Jack Del Rio was sacked immediatley following Oakland's week 17 loss to the Chargers. His Buccaneers beat the Raiders 48-21 in Super Bowl XXXVII.

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The Raiders fired Jack Del Rio as their coach last Sunday, just after completing a 6-10 season. He now serves as the Los Angeles Rams' quarterbacks coach and is helping to guide his second-year pupil, Jared Goff, into the postseason. He spent three seasons as the Eagles offensive coordinator after being fired.

This would not mark the first time the Raiders brought back a coach for a second stint. He is their special teams coach and is expected to have the same role on Gruden's staff. He came back in 2004 and had a 30-34 record in four seasons, leading Washington to two playoff berths. Ditka became legendary in the city thanks to leading the Bears to their only Super Bowl title following the 1985 season, but he was sacked after going 5-11 in 1992.

Gruden more or less confirmed the report, unlike in previous years when he denied or had no comment.

Gruden seemed touched by the remarks but didn't want to step on a future official announcement.

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