In leading off the telecast of Saturday afternoon's wild-card game between the Tennessee Titans and Kansas City Chiefs, ESPN play-by-play announcer Sean McDonough wasted no time revealing one of the worst-kept secrets in sports. Gruden will be formally introduced at a news conference Tuesday.
Nothing's official, sure. But ESPN and plenty of other media outlets elsewhere are reporting Gruden, who has been on the air for ESPN's "Monday Night Football" broadcasts for nine years, has accepted a 10-year contract worth $100 million to coach the Raiders as the franchise moves from Oakland to Las Vegas.
Gruden holds a 95-81 regular-season record as a head coach and a 5-4 mark in the postseason. In 2016, Oakland won 12 games, which gave Del Rio a four-year extension, but this season the team failed to deliver with a 6-10 2017 season. "We congratulate you as you head back to the sideline with the Raiders". He served in that role from 1998 through 2001, before being traded to Tampa Bay.
Gruden beat the Raiders in the Super Bowl in his first season with the Buccaneers but didn't win another playoff game for Tampa Bay in his final six seasons. Raiders have rehired coaches before but the results were not what they were hoping. Late owner Al Davis hired Art Shell in 2006, 11 years after firing him the first time. For ESPN, Gruden was present for the 2010 Rose Bowl and 2010 BCS National Championship game for ESPN radio. Great legacy on Monday Night Football. When Jon Gruden returns to the Raiders as head coach, he will be bringing along Greg Olson as his offensive coordinator. He is the second-youngest head coach to win a Super Bowl in National Football League history, winning a ring at age 39 in his first season with Tampa Bay.