According to Jerry McDonald of the Mercury News, Gruden said, "Well, I think I am being considered, yes". But, that doesn't look like it's going to stop the Oakland Raiders from potentially giving him too much.
Del Rio's dismissal clears the path for Jon Gruden's potential return to the Raiders, as first reported by ESPN on Saturday night.
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Del Rio said Raiders owner Mark Davis told him after the team's season-ending 30-10 loss to the Chargers that he would not be retained as coach in Oakland.
The Daily News reported if Gruden does go to Oakland he might try to recruit Jets offensive coordinator John Morton to go with him and that NY will not stand in his way. The latter's first foray into the National Football League was a job in Oakland's personnel department, one he accepted a year before Gruden initially joined the organization.
Gruden beat the Raiders in the Super Bowl in his first season with the Buccaneers but didn't win another playoff game for Tampa Bay in his final six seasons.
Jack Del Rio, who signed a contract extension last summer, is in trouble as the Raiders (6-9) have been the biggest disappointment in the AFC this season.
Additionally, per the report Mark Davis has offered Gruden an ownership stake previously, which could potentially come into play again. However, Gruden holds a career coaching record of 95-81. The Raiders must comply with the "Rooney Rule" and interview at least one minority candidate during the hiring process. 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.
Tom Flores was the first Hispanic coach to win a Super Bowl and the team also hired Hue Jackson as coach in 2011 and now employs Reggie McKenzie as general manager.