Raiders fire Jack Del Rio as coach; Jon Gruden mentioned as replacement

Oakland Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio reacts during a news conference after an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Chargers Sunday Dec. 31 2017 in Carson Calif

"It's simple, you don't make that move with Jack Del Rio unless you know you can get Jon Gruden", Schefter said on ESPN.

"Though I did run into him in the elevator at the hotel in Philadelphia", kicker Giorgio Tavecchio said.

Numerous reports have indicated that it is only a matter of time before the Oakland Raiders name Jon Gruden their next head coach, and the ESPN broadcaster all but confirmed that on Tuesday.

In 11 seasons as an National Football League head coach, Gruden has a 95-81 record in the regular season and 5-4 record in the postseason. Del Rio then had an awkward and emotional post game press conference with the media where he addressed his dismissal. "He told me he loved me and appreciated all that I did to kind of get this program going in the right direction, but that he felt the need to change". Del Rio became head coach in January 2015 and won 25 games and lost 23 in three seasons, including a 6-10 season this year. "There is no news to report", Gruden told the network Saturday. According to Bair, Davis "played coy" when asked about Gruden. For the first time this season it seemed Del Rio had lost the team as the effort just wasn't what it was in previous weeks.

Still, Gruden has reportedly already started lining up a coaching staff. We had a great first two years and this year was a big disappointment. Despite winning back-to-back division titles, the Raiders traded Gruden to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who dominated Oakland the following year in Super Bowl XXXVII.

Several players said they know Gruden, who was in the booth for the Raiders' Christmas night loss to the Eagles, more for his work on "Monday Night Football".

The Raiders' six-win dropoff was the second-largest in franchise history from one season to the next.

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