The Raiders are set to formally introduce Gruden during a press conference on Tuesday, but Gruden needs no introduction to Raider Nation. The Buccaneers have also reportedly been interested in Gruden, who has worked as an analyst for ESPN since he was sacked by Tampa Bay in January 2009.
Gruden reportedly received a 10-year, $100 million deal to return to coaching the Oakland Raiders.
Gruden could return to coach the Raiders in 2018. He added fuel to the fire this summer when he talked about the prospect of coming back to coach with PewterReport.com, a Tampa Bay Buccaneers news site. His Buccaneers beat the Raiders 48-21 in Super Bowl XXXVII. There had been some belief that he be a realistic candidate because of the firing of head coach Jack Del Rio immediately following the season finale loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. This is not the first time two brothers have been head coaches in the National Football League simultaneously.
Gruden could be the latest coach to follow this path.
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At least Gruden sounds very ready for some football.
This would not mark the first time the Raiders brought back a coach for a second stint. Overall, Gruden is 95-81 in 11 seasons. Gibbs stepped away following the 1992 season with three Super Bowl titles in his career. From 1998-2001, Gruden was head coach of the Oakland Raiders compiling a record of 38-28 with two playoff appearances that ended in the AFC Wild Card rounds to the Baltimore Ravens.
According to Jim Trotter of ESPN, the Packers requested an interview with Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie, but McKenzie declined. He came back in 2004 and had a 30-34 record in four seasons, leading Washington to two playoff berths.