Jon Gruden Expected To Become Head Coach Of Raiders

The Oakland Raiders have fired coach Jack Del Rio after a 30-10 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers that capped a disappointing 6-10 NFL season

Hours before Del Rio was let go, Indianapolis reportedly fired Chuck Pagano.

If you had any doubt before, that should remove it.

Gruden also spent four seasons as head coach of the Raiders from 1998 to 2001, before they traded Gruden to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Jack Del Rio, who signed a contract extension last summer, is in trouble as the Raiders (6-9) have been the biggest disappointment in the AFC this season. According to National Football League insider Adam Schefter of ESPN, Gruden will be the next head coach of the Oakland Raiders.

Del Rio finished his three-year tenure in Oakland with a 25-23 record and one playoff appearance.

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Rumors about Gruden's return to the sidelines have been going on ever since he entered the booth, and it always seemed like a matter of when not if he chose to take a job. "The only question is when it happens".

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. Another wrinkle: The Raiders are set to move to Las Vegas in the next few seasons, though they will remain in California at least through 2018. According to Schefter and Mortensen, the deal could be structured in a way that would compensate Gruden if the ownership portion were not approved. "Today was kind of a microcosm of our season", Del Rio said after the Raiders' 30-10 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday.

"Just ran into Raiders owner Mark Davis", Bair wrote on Twitter.

However, when asked about this on Tuesday, Gruden - still an analyst for ESPN - had a very amusing response. He played coy. Said focus is on winning next game. Del Rio then had an awkward and emotional post game press conference with the media where he addressed his dismissal.

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