The Oakland Raiders are hiring Jon Gruden as their head coach, again. They’ll announce that move at a press conference on Tuesday, per Steve Corkran, which has since been confirmed by ESPN’s Adam Schefter and others.
Raiders are calling a significant press conference for Tuesday at which time they will introduce Jon Gruden as their next head coach, as @CorkOnTheNFL reported.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 5, 2018
Gruden has been out of coaching since he was fired by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2009, when he joined ESPN’s Monday Night Football as a color commentator. He’ll presumably be a commentator for the last time this Saturday, when he’s covering the game between the Tennessee Titans and Kansas City Chiefs.
Gruden’s been a head coach for just two teams in his career: the Raiders, and the Bucs. Initially, it seemed like he’d be rejoining the latter, but nothing came of reported talks between the two--though both the Bucs and Gruden denied any talks ever took place. Instead, the Bucs will stick with Dirk Koetter as their head coach.
Maybe we’ll get a replay of the 2003 Super Bowl at some point, when the Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers faced off with Jon Gruden at the helm of the latter. Only this time, Jon Gruden will be on the other side.