Briefs for December 31: Raiders fishing for Gruden

Oct 15 2017 Oakland CA USA Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon is defended by Oakland Raiders linebacker Nicholas Morrow during an NFL game at Oakland Alameda County Coliseum. The Chargers defeated the Raiders 17-14. Mandatory C

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That means that ESPN's report that stated Davis not only ready to pursue Gruden but also offer him a partial ownership stake in the team has to be far more than pure conjecture or speculation.

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. If it appears to be a done deal, there's a chance that any potential minority candidates would decline to sit for the job.

A disclosure: I'm a Buccaneers fan (the team Gruden spurned to entertain talks with the Raiders), and had talked myself into Gruden becoming the next head coach of the team.

The Raiders were a trendy preseason pick to make the Super Bowl, but the Silver and Black have been very disappointing as they enter Week 17 with a 6-9 record.

ESPN, Gruden's current employer, reports that the Raiders are preparing to make a run at Gruden. This is as hot as the talks have been, but as each year passes it becomes less and less likely that a Gruden return to the National Football League will be anything other than a disappointing dose of nostalgia. How aggressive? Let's just say that the Raiders intend to offer Gruden an ownership stake in the franchise. "A lot of work, a lot of time we put into this thing, a lot of back-and-forth, but we got it done and (I) couldn't be more excited to be in a better place".

For those waxing poetic about the idea that Gruden will turn Derek Carr into an MVP, it's worth mentioning that Gruden hasn't developed a single quarterback in his entire coaching career.

Every year we get these Gruden coaching rumors, and every year - since 2009 - he's ended up in the Monday Night Football booth for ESPN. Imagine going up to your girlfriend of three years and saying, "I'm going to propose to this other girl I dated from 1999 to 2001 and if she says no, then I'll probably propose to you".

It's going to be an interesting offseason for the Raiders for sure.

Gruden will have not been in the professional coaching ranks in almost a full decade by the time next season rolls around.

The Raiders could move on from Del Rio after Sunday's game against the division rival Los Angeles Chargers.

Gannon never has coached; he went straight to broadcasting upon his retirement.

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