Jon Gruden confirms interest in Raiders job: 'I hope I'm a candidate'

Jon Gruden confirms interest in Raiders job: 'I hope I'm a candidate'

When asked specifically if he is in the running, Gruden said he is hopeful the Raiders want him.

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.

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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.

Gruden previously coached the Raiders for four seasons from 1998 through 2001, with the team never finishing worse than 8-8 during that span.

While the deal is not official yet, Schefter, along with Chris Mortensen, reported earlier on Sunday that the Raiders planned to aggressively pursue Gruden. After ranking top 10 offensively in points and yards last season, they are 23rd and 19th, respectively, this year. Del Rio then had an awkward and emotional post game press conference with the media where he addressed his dismissal.

Davis has always been intrigued about a second stint with Gruden but it seemed unlikely the franchise would be in for another change heading into this season. "It was a great honor for me to lead this organization and get this opportunity, and I understand it's a results business. But it's still pretty fresh (with Del Rio being fired)".

Del Rio finished his three-year tenure in Oakland with a 25-23 record and one playoff appearance.

"Came to work with a smile every day, and definitely enjoyed playing for him, but it just sucks because he's the coach".

His Tampa Bay Buccaneers did win a Super Bowl back in 2002.

According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, however, there is only really a 50-50 chance of Del Rio being released at the end of the season.

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