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Raiders make it official: Jon Gruden is their new coach

Raiders make it official: Jon Gruden is their new coach”

The worst-kept secret in the National Football League is now out in the open as Jon Gruden will be introduced as the next head coach of the Oakland Raiders during a press conference on Tuesday, a move that caught the attention of Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr.

The team announced the move Saturday as soon as Gruden finished his final broadcast as an announcer for ESPN.

DICK VERMEIL: Vermeil had a successful seven-year run as coach of Philadelphia from 1976-82, taking the Eagles to their first Super Bowl following the 1980 season. Gruden spent seven seasons as the Bucs coach, but was sacked following the 2008 season after a 9-7 season.

TOM FLORES: Flores was replaced as Raiders coach following the 1987 season after winning two Super Bowls in his nine seasons with the franchise.

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The Raiders fired Jack Del Rio after the team went 6-10 following a season in which they made the playoffs with a record of 12-4. Overall, Gruden is 95-81 in 11 seasons.

This would not mark the first time the Raiders brought back a coach for a second stint.

The team reportedly offered Gruden an ownership stake in the team if he accepted the coaching position, but who needs an ownership stake when you can have $100 million in cold, hard cash instead? He spent three seasons as the Eagles offensive coordinator after being fired. He came back in 2004 and had a 30-34 record in four seasons, leading Washington to two playoff berths. "More specifically, the source says the early years are much closer to $5 million annually than $10 million". Current Raiders quarterback Derek Carr appeared on the show in 2014 and seemed to make a strong impression on Gruden.



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