NFL Rumors: Will Jon Gruden Coach Oakland Raiders Again?

By Ben Grimaldi
Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Jon Gruden seems to be a hot name in the coaching carousel. In the past few weeks he’s been rumored to be the next head coach for the Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys in the NFL, as well as the Arkansas Razorbacks and the Tennessee Volunteers at the college level. He was also rumored to be getting an ownership stake in the Cleveland Browns in the past few weeks.

For a guy who says he’s staying in the ESPN announcing booth, he sure does get his name out there.

Today a new team emerged as a possible landing spot for Gruden, and it’s the same gig he once held, head coach of the Oakland Raiders. At least that’s what Hub Arkush of Pro Football Weekly is reporting.

Apparently Raiders owner Mark Davis, the son of Al, had a good relationship with Gruden and is disappointed with the direction of the team. If this turns out to be true, it would be the third different coach for the Raiders in the last three years. If it happens, Gruden would replace first-year head coach Dennis Allen and these are not the kind of turnovers the Raiders want.

It seems like a long shot for Oakland to get Gruden back but strange things do happen. However, Davis hired general manager Reggie McKenzie for a reason and I wonder what his role in any of this would be.

At this point, I think we’re all just hoping for Gruden to get a coaching job. Once that happens, we can stop hearing rumors of him taking every single coaching job at every single level of football.

It will also help us all enjoy our Monday Night Football  listening experience.

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