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Team: Oakland Raiders
Age / DOB:  (55) / 8/17/1963
College: Dayton

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According to Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman, coach Jon Gruden has "effectively replaced" Reggie McKenzie as the Raiders' general manager.
It's been pretty clear to see when looking at the Raiders' offseason; the team has taken on far more risky players than McKenzie ever did in his time calling the shots, and Gruden is going all out in adding a ton of veterans. Per Freeman, Gruden has "quietly consolidated power to the point where he's effectively the head coach, general manager, CEO and just about everything else." No other coach outside of maybe Bill Belichick has this much say in an organization, and we're not sure what Gruden has done to earn it. If he wins in Oakland it won't matter, but things could get ugly in a hurry if the Raiders don't turn this around immediately. That 10-year, $100 million contract -- the largest in NFL coaching history -- may prove to be a colossal mistake. May 2 - 9:46 AM

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The NFL has confirmed it is "looking into" the Raiders' hiring of Jon Gruden and whether they violated the Rooney Rule in the process.

Although it was later revealed they interviewed two minority candidates — in-house TEs coach Bobby Johnson and USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin — the Raiders appear to have settled on Gruden first then complied with the Rooney Rule later. Ultimately, by the letter of the law/technicality, they did comply, so it's hard to see the league taking action even though the optics of the situation were undeniably bad.
Jan 11 - 6:01 PM

Raiders hired Jon Gruden as head coach.

Gruden took the opportunity to formally announce the hires of OC Greg Olson, DC Paul Guenther and ST coordinator Rich Bisaccia. He also pledged to work together with GM Reggie McKenzie on roster decisions. "It will be a collaborative effort," Gruden insisted. "We've got to work together. Bottom line, it's a team effort." Now 54 and a legitimate television star, Gruden hasn't coached a game since Dec. 28, 2008. He will call his own plays in 2018. Over and over at his introductory presser, Gruden emphasized that he has a lot to prove. He's right.
Jan 9 - 3:08 PM

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Jon Gruden's new deal with the Raiders is worth "about $100 million" over 10 seasons.

Reports last week suggested he would get an ownership stake in the team but Gruden has since refuted that claim. Either way, he's about to become the highest-paid coach in NFL history. Greg Olson (the coach, not the tight end), Paul Guenther and Rich Bisaccia are all expected to join Gruden's staff. His introductory press conference is scheduled for Tuesday.
Jan 5 - 1:42 PM

Beat writer Steve Corkran reports the Raiders will introduce Jon Gruden as head coach on Tuesday.

This thing should be announced after Gruden calls the Titans-Chiefs Wild Card game for ESPN on Saturday afternoon. Both Gruden and the Raiders have done a poor job at hiding this for the past week; everyone knows it's going to happen. Gruden hasn't coached since 2008 and has career 95-81 coaching record with a 5-4 mark in the playoffs, including one Super Bowl win with the Bucs. He's expected to chase Greg Olson and Paul Guenther as his OC and DC, respectively.
Jan 5 - 12:38 PM

The league has informed the Fritz Pollard Alliance that the Raiders fulfilled the Rooney Rule in their head-coaching search by interviewing two minority candidates.

The Fritz Pollard Alliance promotes diversity in coaching. According to SiriusXM's Adam Caplan, one of the Raiders' interviews was apparently in-house TEs coach Bobby Johnson. The other is unknown. Fulfilling the Rooney Rule was believed to be the Raiders' final hurdle in luring Jon Gruden out of the ESPN booth.
Jan 4 - 8:30 PM

ESPN analyst Jon Gruden admitted there's a "good chance" he takes the Raiders' head-coaching job.

The 54-year-old has been the only name connected to the job to this point. The Raiders need to interview at least one minority candidate to fulfill the Rooney Rule, but it sounds like any other candidate would be wasting his time talking to owner Mark Davis since Gruden is assured the gig. Gruden said the reports of him getting a share in ownership as part of his deal to take the job are completely untrue. Gruden said missing the players and "the grind" drew him back. The move should become official sometime after Gruden calls his last game at ESPN this Saturday.
Jan 3 - 10:40 AM

Jon Gruden has admitted he's in talks for the Raiders' head-coaching job.

"My understanding is they’re interviewing candidates this week and they’re going to let everybody know sometime early next week or whenever they make their decision," Gruden said. "(I think) I am being considered, yes. I hope I’m a candidate." Gruden is talking circles around the obvious — that he's replacing Jack Del Rio — because the Raiders must first pretend to comply with the Rooney Rule and interview a minority candidate. Gruden is also calling a Wild Card game for ESPN on Saturday. His return to Oakland should be formalized early next week.
Jan 2 - 1:21 PM

ESPN announced Jon Gruden will be in the booth for Saturday's broadcast of the Wild Card game between the Titans and Chiefs.

If reports are to be believed, Gruden has all but accepted Oakland's head coaching job, but he wants to honor his commitment to ESPN. The Raiders also still have to satisfy the Rooney Rule, something which might be difficult considering that candidate has seemingly no chance to land the lead job. If Gruden decides to join the Raiders, he will reportedly go after Jets OC John Morton and Bengals DC Paul Guenther to fill out his staff.
Jan 1 - 11:00 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on SportsCenter that Jon Gruden will be the next head coach of the Raiders.

"Jon Gruden's gonna be the next head coach of the Oakland Raiders," Schefter stated adamantly. "The only question is when it happens." Schefter believes the Raiders' proposal to Gruden was simply too strong for Gruden to refuse, offering to make him the NFL's highest-paid coach in addition to a stake in ownership. Schefter also revealed that as he and Chris Mortensen were investigating their Gruden-to-Raiders report, they did not receive a "single ounce of blowback" from the organization. Already lining up a staff of assistants, Gruden is known to be targeting Jets OC John Morton to coordinate his offense.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 09:40:00 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Raiders are "preparing to pursue" Jon Gruden as their next head coach.

The Raiders are expected to make Gruden an offer that "could include an ownership stake." He'll also have the power to reshape the front office, potentially putting GM Reggie McKenzie out of a job. With the Bucs keeping Dirk Koetter, the Raiders are willing to eat the remaining three years on Jack Del Rio's deal to get Gruden back in Oakland, where he spent his first four seasons. Gruden has been putting together a staff over the last few weeks and signs continue to suggest he's serious about making a return.
Source: ESPN
Sat, Dec 30, 2017 09:39:00 PM

ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio reports there's a "growing sense in league circles" Jon Gruden will return as the next coach of the Bucs.

This falls in line with previous reports on the Bucs interest in Gruden. Tampa is expected to fire Dirk Koetter next week and Gruden is their top candidate replace him. Despite a nine-year layoff, Gruden has been putting together a staff behind the scenes and is serious about making a return. With Gruden making a $6M-plus salary at ESPN, the Bucs are going to need to make him one of the highest paid coaches in the league.
Fri, Dec 29, 2017 01:30:00 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Jon Gruden has "reached out to possible assistants."

Gruden has been linked to the Bucs as the top candidate to replace Dirk Koetter. Unlike previous years, Gruden is serious about returning, and Tampa looks to be his preferred destination. With Gruden in the stages of putting together a staff, talks could heat up over the next week. The Bucs will likely need to make Gruden one of the highest paid coaches to get him out of his ESPN deal.
Source: NFL Network
Sun, Dec 24, 2017 08:47:00 AM

Pewter Report’s Scott Reynolds believes there’s "interest on both sides" between the Bucs and Jon Gruden.

Gruden has been broadcasting with ESPN since getting fired from Tampa in 2008. He’s turned down multiple offers from teams, but hasn’t ruled out a return to coaching. With Dirk Koetter on the hot seat, it’s possible the Bucs reunite with Gruden after the season. Tampa has a franchise quarterback in Jameis Winston and a playoff-caliber roster. There are behind-the-scene rumors the Bucs are the job Gruden wants.
Sat, Nov 18, 2017 06:31:00 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Colts owner Jim Irsay attempted to hire ESPN analyst Jon Gruden.

There have been rumors since the end of the season Irsay was pursuing Gruden as coach and Peyton Manning as general manager. It looks like at least half of those rumors were true, but Gruden turned down the advances and will stick to TV. Gruden's rebuff could be the end of the Colts' quest to replace coach Chuck Pagano and GM Ryan Grigson, but no one will know for sure until Irsay makes an announcement.
Sat, Jan 14, 2017 10:56:00 AM