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Oakland Raiders sign Jon Gruden as their next head coach

Oakland Raiders sign Jon Gruden as their next head coach”

Jon Gruden has been a staple of Monday Night Football ever since joining ESPN in 2009, but he'll be heading back to the NFL coaching ranks soon enough.

Several other coaches have attempted the move, with the most successful being Dick Vermeil, who spent 14 years broadcasting between his burnout and second act that began in St. Louis and led to a Super Bowl title for the Rams.

This time Gruden will replace Jack Del Rio, who went 25-23 in three seasons with the franchise.

He has said he believes there's a "good chance" he will get the job in Oakland after interviewing with owner Mark Davis.

On Friday, Kerr, a fellow Oakland coach, was a guest on "The Damon Bruce Show" on 95.7 The Game in San Francisco. "We congratulate you as you head back to the sidelines with the Raiders". He was traded after the 2001 season to Tampa Bay, where he won a Super Bowl his first year and had a 57-55 regular-season record in seven seasons.

Monday, the Packers announced that longtime general manager Ted Thompson would be transitioning to a new role with the team as its senior advisor to football operations leaving the door open for a potential McKenzie return.

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. He has been out of coaching since being fired by Tampa Bay after the 2008 season.

The Raiders, meanwhile, have gone through nine different head coaches since firing Gruden.

This time it is really happening, and Raiders fans should be excited. 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. He came back in 2004 and had a 30-34 record in four seasons, leading Washington to two playoff berths. Current Raiders quarterback Derek Carr appeared on the show in 2014 and seemed to make a strong impression on Gruden.

The 54-year-old spent seven seasons as the Bucs coach, but was sacked following the 2008 campaign after a 9-7 term. Shell went 2-14 that season and was sacked after one year.



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