Gruden returns as Raiders' head coach

Jon Gruden has been named as the new head coach of the Oakland Raiders, 17 years after he left the franchise.

As Gruden himself pointed out to broadcast partner Sean McDonough before the start of Saturday's wild-card matchup between the Chiefs and Titans: "Nothing's official yet, but these Chiefs fans have been on my back since I got here".

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Del Rio was the Raiders' coach for three seasons, the longest tenure among the team's nine head coaches since Gruden's departure.

Gruden reportedly will receive a 10-year contract worth $100 million.

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After attending the University of Dayton, Gruden got his first start in coaching in 1986 as a graduate assistant at the University of Tennessee Knoxville. He served in that role from 1998 through 2001, before being traded to Tampa Bay. Late owner Al Davis hired Art Shell in 2006, 11 years after firing him the first time. His Buccaneers beat the Raiders 48-21 in Super Bowl XXXVII.

The Chiefs weren't the only ones who had their run this season ended at Arrowhead on Saturday. He came back in 2004 and had a 30-34 record in four seasons, leading Washington to two playoff berths. When Jon Gruden returns to the Raiders as head coach, he will be bringing along Greg Olson as his offensive coordinator. Could he be the man to replace Gruden on ESPN?

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Gruden has not coached since 2008 and has been working as an National Football League television analyst for the last nine years. Great legacy on Monday Night Football. In 2011 he was on camera for the Outback and Orange Bowl games.


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