Oakland Raiders sign Jon Gruden as their next head coach

Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Jon Gruden reacts after being inducted into the Buccaneers Ring of Honor during halftime of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons Monday Dec. 18

The announcement from the team comes an hour after Gruden's final broadcast for Monday Night Football following the Tennessee Titans stunning victory over the Kansas City Chiefs, 22-21.

Gruden will be formally introduced at a news conference Tuesday.

Gruden has worked as a "Monday Night Football" analyst since 2009 and also gained popularity through his "QB Camp" series on ESPN, interviewing quarterback prospects.

It will take a lot to prise Gruden away from ESPN, which could explain reports out of the Bay Area that the Raiders will offer him an ownership stake as well as the head coaching job.

By noting that nothing was official yet, Gruden is pretty much confirming that he will be the Raiders' next head coach.

Gruden was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and won the Super Bowl in his first season, beating the Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII. There had been some belief that he be a realistic candidate because of the firing of head coach Jack Del Rio immediately following the season finale loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. That's a goal that probably motivated Gruden to return to football.

"I'm Sean McDonough along with the coach, Jon Gruden". Overall, Gruden is 95-81 in 11 seasons. In fact, Cincinnati has been one of the most frequent sources to find first-time head coaches over the past decade.

ART SHELL: Shell was let go by the Raiders following the 1994 season as late owner Al Davis wanted a fresh start for the team for its move back to Oakland. The team went 30-34 in his four seasons, making the playoffs twice and winning one game before retiring again.

Gruden previously coached the Raiders from 1998 through 2001, compiling a 38-26 regular-season record and a 2-2 record in two playoff appearances.

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