In addition to head coaching duties, there is also talk of the Raiders offering him an ownership stake in the team in order to bring him back. Chuck Pagano (Colts) and most notably Jack Del Rio (Raiders) all received their pink slips shortly after the 2017 regular season closed on Sunday.
Local media reported that former Raiders coach Jon Gruden was likely to replace Del Rio. "And I can't say enough about Jon and what he's done and what he's been able to teach me, and kind of the way he put his arm around me and taught me this game".
"Jon Gruden is the going to be the next coach of the Raiders", ESPN's Adam Schefter said on SportsCenter Sunday night.
The Daily News reported if Gruden does go to Oakland he might try to recruit Jets offensive coordinator John Morton to go with him and that NY will not stand in his way. I take a lot of phone calls from coaches, some others ... yeah, sometimes owners.
According to the guys at FootballScoop.com, the ownership stake might not actually happen. "When he knows, I think we'll all know, but I appreciate Adam [Schefter] and Chris [Mortensen's] confidence that I have a chance of getting that job - it's bad nice though", Gruden said.
As such, it figures to be a busy off-season in the Bay Area as the team prepares to move to Las Vegas for the 2020 season. "I'm here to help people", Gruden said. After making the playoffs previous year, many expected the team to take a big step forward.
Gruden reacted with a chuckle when asked about the report.
The Raiders fired head coach Jack Del Rio earlier on Sunday after the team finished a disappointing 6-10.
While getting fired and rumors of getting fired go with the territory, it's a shame that Del Rio finds himself in the middle of this.
But Del Rio's sacking after three seasons was less predictable, coming less than a year after he signed a four-year contract extension following a successful 2016, when the Raiders went 12-4 and finally made the playoffs after a 13-season drought. He was hired by Oakland for his first head coaching gig back in 1998. Gruden is talking about how the offense at Fresno State and Carr's playing style is different than that of his brother David, the No. 1 overall pick by the Houston Texans in 2002. "We wish them all the best".