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

The Oakland Raiders have fired coach Jack Del Rio after a 30-10 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers that capped a disappointing 6-10 NFL season

The Oakland Raiders have fired coach Jack Del Rio after a 30-10 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers that capped a disappointing 6-10 NFL season

Asked specifically if he was a candidate, Gruden said, "Well, I think I am being considered, yes". Imagine going up to your girlfriend of three years and saying, "I'm going to propose to this other girl I dated from 1999 to 2001 and if she says no, then I'll probably propose to you".

At this point, it seems a foregone conclusion that the Oakland Raiders will be hiring Jon Gruden for a second go-round heading into the 2018 season.

Get the best sports content from the web and social in the new B/R app. "There is no news to report", Gruden told the network Saturday. 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.

The Colts fired Pagano on Sunday, less than two hours after they ended a 4-12 campaign with a 22-13 victory over the Texans, and the Raiders handed Del Rio a pink slip after his third year when the impressive turnaround job he engineered for his hometown team collapsed with a disappointing six-win season. ESPN still has one last National Football League game to broadcast this season, Saturday afternoon's wild-card clash between the Tennessee Titans and Kansas City Chiefs.

Jack Del Rio was sacked by the Raiders immediately after their Week 17 loss.

Rumors about Gruden's return to the sidelines have been going on ever since he entered the booth, and it always seemed like a matter of when not if he chose to take a job.

The Raiders will be required to comply with the "Rooney Rule" and interview at least one minority candidate or otherwise face discipline from the NFL. He was wide receivers coach with the San Francisco 49ers and New Orleans Saints prior being hired as New York's offensive coordinator last March.

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