Jon Gruden confirms interest in Raiders job: 'I hope I'm a candidate'

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Gruden, who has been out of coaching since being fired after the Bucs collapsed down the stretch of the 2008 season, has been the color analyst on "Monday Night Football" broadcasts since 2009.

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. Gruden has been mentioned in coaching rumors in his nine years since parting ways with the Buccaneers, but this is by far the closest he has come to accepting a position. I take a lot every year from coaches, some others. The Raiders won just 13 games in the three seasons before he arrived.

Gruden will likely call his last game for ESPN this weekend.

Additionally, per the report Mark Davis has offered Gruden an ownership stake previously, which could potentially come into play again. Under the league's Rooney Rule, the Raiders also must interview at least one minority candidate for their head coaching job. Del Rio fired offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave earlier in the offseason, which would explain why quarterback Derek Carr looks like he's taken a step back as far as progression goes.

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So, is Gruden the next man up for the Raiders?

Jon Gruden coached in Oakland for four good years, leading the Raiders to four consecutive.500-or-better seasons, including two playoff appearances and an AFC Championship. Right now, the Raiders sit at 6-9, with three straight losses, have already been eliminated from playoff contention and are headed to Los Angeles to face the Chargers in the regular season finale. "Whoever they bring in, they've got a great team here". "I've known him for a while".

According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, however, there is only really a 50-50 chance of Del Rio being released at the end of the season.

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