“Jon Gruden Is Going To Be The Next Coach Of The Oakland Raiders”

December 31st, 2017

Jon Gruden’s friends and co-workers at ESPN are talking.

That’s quite a turn of events from last month, when they refused to utter a meaningful peep about the rumors of Chucky possibly becoming the Buccaneers’ head coach — rumors Chucky did a whole lot of nothing to quash.

This evening, heavy-hitter NFL insider Adam Schefter hopped on the TV airwaves and put his cards on the table.

“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. “Jon Gruden is going to be the next coach of the Oakland Raiders. The only question is when it happens.”

While the deal is not official yet, Schefter, along with Chris Mortensen, reported earlier on Sunday that the Raiders planned to aggressively pursue Gruden. According to their sources, Gruden would be “tempted to accept” the offer and that it could even include an ownership stake in the team.

Mortensen, through the years, has been known as a confidant of Chucky’s, so Joe believes that gives the report greater credibility.

For those unaware, Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio, a former mentor of Dirk Koetter, was fired today.

There are rumors of Chucky getting an ownership share of the Raiders as part of a deal, but that would have to be approved by a vote of the others team owners, which could be sticky.

Regardless, Chucky wearing the silver and black again would be wildly entertaining — and it would leave legions of Bucs fans in disbelief and brokenhearted.

Joe will say this: Chucky getting the Raiders job would be quite a gift to the 2018 Koetter regime, eliminating the inevitable Chucky-to-the-Bucs chatter if, say, the Bucs jump out to a 1-3 start.

54 Responses to ““Jon Gruden Is Going To Be The Next Coach Of The Oakland Raiders””

  1. feelthepewterpower Says:

    Gruden is the Darrelle Revis of coaching.

  2. SoCalBucFan Says:

    And wins the Super Bowl while the Bucs keep on losing.

  3. Buc believer Says:

    Great and we are stuck with a Dork err Dirk and Licht weight GM. Happy friggen New Year!

  4. Bobby M. Says:

    Maybe we get Del Rio as DC?….Then he replaces Koetter and the circle of mediocrity continues?

  5. Lakeland Says:

    When it’s official, then I will believe it. I’m tired of all of this guessing and speculation. But I do believe that the Raiders would not have fired Jack Del Rio without an replacement in place. Also Jon Gruden and Jack Del Rio share the same agent.

  6. Bucssuccs Says:

    I guess all this failure falls on the ownership. The glazers simply do not know football on the business side of things and the talent on and on the sideline of the football field. They could probably get Gruden if they haven’t previously messed up signing the scraps and leftovers of coaches to max contracts. If that’s the case, then if you can’t handle the heat, then stay out of the kitchen. Let someone with football sense take control. Stick to Manchester United, they’re doing good overseas.

  7. Mr. Ed Says:

    Glazers must put Del Rio on the payroll now, he’s tight with Koetter and Smith and is a damn good football guy and an overall good guy. Hire him. He can be an executive consultant or DC or anything, he will help the Bucs.

  8. SoCalBucFan Says:

    But it might still not happen because Gruden wants to be control of his employment(part owner). By past history, the other owners will not allow this to happen(do not like sharing control of the NFL with too many people).

  9. Danglin71 Says:

    If this is true, THEN SCREW YOU GRUDEN! You have a fan base in TB that thinks holds you at a legend status. You talked about being brought up in TB and in the Bucs organization but yet your going to be a greedy merc! Way to go!

  10. Lakeland Says:

    The Raiders has a lot of talent on both sides of the ball. I’m sure Jon Gruden has looked at that also. Derek Carr and Khalil Mack both has MVP potential.

  11. Nate Says:

    if koetter gift gets delivered….it may not last long…as the moment he (Gruden) has a winning season and develops Carr

    the comparison and pressure will be here on the Glazers anyway as to WHY if the Bucs don’t have one and SOON like next season

    IF and When this happens they will be no way not to correlate the ineptitude

    and pressure will be on this team as if he never left the booth

  12. Lakeland Says:

    Jack Del Rio may get another Head Coach job.

  13. Nate Says:

    I kind of want it to happen if nothing but to pressure this team

    As much as I wanted Gruden to return….I hope we don’t look like dumb fu**s for this move

    Pretty much if not for the tuck rule …..he would have been in BACK to BACK superbowls


  14. Howard Cosell Says:

    Given the history between the Glazer clowns and Gruden it was realistically never gong to happen. Hell, Howard is smart like Gruden and he would never go back to an old job that didn’t work out.
    Raiders have better core and better ownership.

    That said the Glazers did the right thing by putting Gruden in the ring of honor. That patches old wounds and shows class.
    I (Howard) really think if the fans had chanted for Gruden and the Glazers had begged him on bended knee that he would have come back to the Bucs. But for once the Glazers were smart. They know you can never go back and they know this year was a perfect sh*t storm.

    The right move was to honor Gruden and bring back Koetter.

    No pressure this off season…(lol)

  15. Buddy Says:

    It will be official after Gru calls his last game for ESPN. This has been in the works for weeks. TEAM GLAZER too blind to see they got Played by JG!! LOLOLOL

  16. Jerry Says:

    And then Koetter will be fired after next year and we’ll have to pick from the bottom of the barrel.

  17. William Walls Says:

    Well, now it makes total sense that Gruden kept his mouth shut about the Bucs rumors. Why open your mouth and undermine your own negotiating position with the Raiders? Maybe that’s why the Glazers kept their mouths shut, too. If they’ve patched things up with Gruden, they wouldn’t want to undermine his position, either. (I’m going to naively assume that Gruden’s camp had no part in creating the rumors in the first place. I’ll sleep a little better.)

  18. Bucsace Says:

    I like Gruden…….but let’s not forget those 2 disastrous seasons that followed the SB win……pretty much blew up any momentum we had going after that….Let the Raiders find out for themselves if you can turn back time

  19. BrianBucs Says:

    Raiders can’t officially announce it until they comply with the Rooney Rule

  20. ZK Says:

    So is Bruce Allen still coming here? Joe..

  21. Rod Munch Says:

    Oh right, good reminder Brain – I had forgot about that.

    Hey Raiders I did DNA testing and I’m 2% African, does that qualify me to get an interview? I’ve played Madden for nearly 30 years and I’ve built hundreds of Super Bowl winning teams over the years. I’ll forgo the team ownership percentage and just take a straight cash payout to sign whatever forms you need so you comply.

  22. Waterboy Says:

    Hopefully he’ll take Bruce with him, lol.

  23. Eric Says:

    I guess we will find out if all the morons who ran Gru out of town were right. I’m guessing not.

    Of course if he wins another Super Bowl there will be some reason it’s not legit.

    Live long and prosper Chucky, good move not trusting the local goobers, people in this town don’t respect you anyhow.

  24. NFLNut Says:

    $$$$$$$$$$$ TALKS …. BUT … the Raiders may have been done with JDR anyways, so it wouldn’t shock me if Gruden balked and they signed a guy like Josh McDaniels either

  25. JonBuc Says:

    I can’t say that I blame Gruden…the time feels right with ESPN imploding and the MNF gig probably becoming old hat to him. He’ll have to deal with a lot…cross country move as well as travel if his family stays behind. He will also be coaching a team without a steady home for a while. I don’t think he will ever fully forgive or forget how the Bros. Glazer blindsided him with a firing. Gruden still snarks about the FFCA ( Fired Football Coaches of America ) he “founded”. The AFC West is much weaker than the NFC South…and they still love him in the Bay area. I ain’t mad at ya, Jon. Best of luck except when you’re playing the Bucs.

  26. University of Seffner Says:

    If there are any Bucs Fans who hate Jon Gruden, my only thing to say is this: The next time we play the Raiders (2020), or if Gruden leads the Raiders to the Super Bowl, ya’ll better be ready to admit you’re guilt. I’m willing to do the same if the converse happens. I was hoping Koetter would get fired and that Jon Gruden would return to the sidelines, but I guess that’s not gonna happen.

  27. I'm tired and 87 is right Says:

    It will be sad to see him back in black and silver. I was really excited at the possibility of him coming back. I just love his passion. Best of luck! Go Bucs!

  28. Rod Munch Says:

    If the Raiders actually give Gruden a part of the team then of course Gruden would take that over the Bucs – who wouldn’t? It’s really one of the dumbest deals I can think of – a guy that last won a playoff game 15 years ago, followed by years of mediocrity despite having easily the best defensive coordinator in football – he’s able to spin that into what, $8mil/year AND part of the team?!? WOW! That is an amazing sales job if it’s true. I have a really hard time believing the team ownership part – unless it’s like a percent of a percent, since even 1% is $21-million, and you keep it until you sell it. Wow, BOOM! Amazing! What a time to be alive!

    Also the Glazers would be nuts to give out any deal like that. Unless Dungy is there to build and hand Gruden a SB winning team we know what Gruden is, a 9-7 coach that loses in the first round. Sure, making the playoffs is a huge improvement over Dirk, but wow, team ownership and all that money? No thanks. I don’t blame the Glazers at all for not going for that if that is actually true.

  29. Bird Says:

    10 for 10

  30. Stevbobucsfan Says:

    I am a Gruden fan but I am fine with what the Glazers done keeping Koetter. No way as a owner they should be giving someone 8 mil a year and complete control of your organization. Its a hit or miss situation with these head coaches now. Just see Mike Holgran Bill Parcells. Holgran had to give up that GM title and still end up not being that good so did Jimmy Johnson. Parcells was good twice New England and the Jets but he also left running the last couple of times with Dallas and one other team I think not sure about the other team but I do know Dallas

  31. Bird Says:

    It was big

    10 10 = 100

    Or a percent

    Bucs offered 8.5 with his endorsement

  32. Guzzie Says:

    Really hope Mike Smith didn’t win his job back after the NO win, they pretty much gave up after we scored the last TD, knowing Carolina lost, 40 seconds left pretty sure they could’ve ran right down the field if they wanted to

  33. Realbucfan Says:

    I think Gruden is gonna tell Davis to stick it. Just like his daddy did to Jon when he sent him to us.

  34. Pickgrin Says:

    I bet it winds up NOT happening (Gruden to Raiders).

  35. WyomingBucsFan Says:

    This is why i cant be a fan of this team anymore. You just put a coach in your ring of honor and you let him go to another team. The fact that we don’t even ask if he is interested is the clincher for me. You fans can have this team, good luck next year.

  36. BoJim Says:

    Glazer’s made the right call.

  37. WyomingBucsFan Says:

    “Glazer’s made the right call.”

    I bet you don’t say that this time next year. Wake up Tampa, this season was just a glimpse of the future.

  38. Destinjohnny Says:

    Winning is overrated
    At least I have bama football and the Lightning

  39. martinii Says:

    If it is true I am very happy for Chucky. Since Tirico left it has been obvious that TV hasn’t been as appealing to him. I have never doubted his football IQ or passion for the game, but the game has changed and I am not sure he has. I’ll never be convinced that small market Tampa, with a serious habit of losing over the last dozen years would have been a good fit for him. Glad Koetter got another year, I think Chucky would have been a huge distraction and the Win -loss record would not have improved.

  40. chickster Says:

    but the win and loss record improves with dirt wow .hope chucky well and he made a good choice bucs are a bad organization and no future down her . WHINSTON WILL BE LOOKING AT A MAJOR SUSPEENTION GOOD LUCK

  41. tmaxcon Says:

    No one takes glazers seriously. Gruden was never considering coming back to this crapshow franchise. He just played the glazers and nostalgic mentaslly weak foolish fanbase more concerned about recreating a failed past than moving forward…

    Jameis is not facing a suspension. The gold digger has no case

  42. JMarkBuc Says:

    Don’t know and don’t care where Gruden lands, if anywhere.

    More important is whether or not we get a new DC… Keeping Koetter is one thing, Smitty hanging around is another. But when Koetter says ” it means a lot to my family and the staff that we are coming back”

    That’s frightening. Those who ignore history….

  43. mdsbuc Says:

    I’d be happy to see Jack Del Rio come here, somehow involved with oversight of the defense. Smitty could stay in some capacity.

    We need to be highly active in free agency, especially as to the needs of the D-line and CB positions. On offense, a solid OT and a RB would be on my wishlist too.

    In the draft, “all in” on the defensive side in the early rounds, picking up an OT and a RB possibly later.

    Definitely the “hands in the dirt” guys are where we need the biggest upgrades. Improving the pass rush and stopping the run will make our Dbs look so much better.

  44. Pick6 Says:

    Wait til they find out Bruce Allen is their new GM

  45. mickman Says:

    gruden is more like the bill parcels of coaching. hope he doesn’t change his mind last second like Parcells has. difference is he will need to win a super bowl to be respected as Parcells has..

  46. Kevo Says:

    A bad business move in the meanwhile jaguars playoff tickets going for as high as 600 a piece

  47. mark2001 Says:

    Like I said multiple times…. If he is demanding a piece of the franchise, and they give it to him, I’d say the Glazers were wise not to come to terms with him. If it was just money and they didn’t, they are morons.

  48. Tom Says:

    I think Gruden lowers his demands & excepts 8.5 guaranteed & the Glazers accept then fire Koetter. Which is kind of the way they operate.

  49. Rod Munch Says:

    The Rooney rule is keeping the deal from getting done I think – but it would be harilous if Gruden backed out of the deal. But part of the team ownership, even 1%, and making like $8-mil/year AND you get to live in Vegas and be king of the town – who doesn’t take that deal? Well assuming it’s true anyways. We shall see once the pandering Rooney rule is complied too.

  50. Lightningthunder Says:

    People have short memories. Gruden was run out of town for a reason. I am not sure he was the answer. Yes, he won a super bowl but he had a tremendous d given to him and he played a team he knew inside and out. The stars aligned for him. I like Gruden but it is time to move on. Give Koetter another year or 2. The older I get the more I realize how patience is important. We try to live in a “we want it now society”. Let them build a good base first. There was too much hype with 9-7 last year and the tv show exposure. Koetter had an overachieved last year. They had a really tough schedule this year. I only predicted a 6 to 8 win year. Most games they were underdogs in anyway. The injuries made it a 5 win season. Jameis injured really hurt. They are really only need some more key players and som luck

  51. mark2001 Says:

    Lightning…have you looked at this schedule this year? It reeks of a 5 to 6 win year again.

  52. The Anomaly Says:

    The Glazers suck on both sides of the Atlantic…lol.

    Bucs suck, Man U sucks.


  53. Crazed Fan Says:

    I’ve said it all along… Screw Gruden.

  54. Doctor Stroud Says:

    Does Gruden also resign his position in the FFCA? Stay tuned!