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Raiders To Announce Jon Gruden As Head Coach

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Jon Gruden is back in the NFL

The Oakland Raiders announced Friday that they will hold a significant news conference Tuesday to introduce Gruden as the new head coach of the team, as first reported by Oakland recently fired Jack Del Rio after a disappointing 6-10 season. 

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Gruden’s contract with the Raiders is the longest coaching deal in NFL history, at 10-years and approaching $100 million. The new deal marks Gruden’s second tenure with the Raiders, as he previously coached the team from 1998-2001, compiling a 40-28 record while also leading them a AFC Championship appearance in 2000. 

Rumors that Gruden was considering a return to coaching have swirled for months. Raiders’ owner Mark Davis had reportedly prepared a strong offer for Gruden, which even included a stake in the team’s ownership. While that turned out not to be the case, Oakland did manage to land the coach in the end. 

Gruden already has coordinators in place, as Rams’ quarterback coach Greg Olson will serve as offensive coordinator, and Bengals’ defensive coordinator Paul Guenther will join to serve the same position, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. 

Gruden, 54, last coached the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2008, whom he won a Super Bowl with in 2002. In 10 years coaching, he has collected a record of 95-81, reaching the playoffs five times in the process. He has served as color analyst for ESPN’s Monday Night Football for nine years since leaving coaching, but it’s clear he’s back and ready to make waves with the Raiders organization. 

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