Jon Gruden’s hire will be announced early next week.
It’s finally over. Maybe. Reportedly. The Grumors have finally come to a close as Jon Gruden has reportedly been hired by an NFL team.
Jon Gruden will be sworn in as the next head coach of the Oakland Raiders on Tuesday, according to Steve Corkan of RaidersSnakepit.com, and confirmed by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Raiders are calling a significant press conference for Tuesday at which time they will introduce Jon Gruden as their next head coach, as @CorkOnTheNFL reported.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 5, 2018
Gruden began his head coaching career with the Raiders in 1998 and coached there until a blockbuster trade that sent him to Tampa Bay in 2002. In his four seasons with the Raiders, Gruden racked up an impressive 38-26 record including a trip to the AFC Championship Game where Oakland lost to eventual champ Baltimore.
After getting fired by the Buccaneers in 2008, Gruden has been a hot commodity on the coaching trail for nearly 10 years. He’s been linked to college and NFL jobs. Most recently as a candidate for the Tennessee head coaching vacancy. Unfortunately for Volunteers fans, it looks like Gruden only has eyes for the NFL, and he got his wish.
Gruden will leave the broadcast booth to become the highest-paid coach in the NFL, according to Adam Schefter. The longtime color analyst will be a huge draw for Oakland as the team transitions to Las Vegas.
Derek Carr struggled through injuries during the 2017 season, but could thrive under the quarterback guru.