Jon Gruden will replace Jack Del Rio as Raiders head coach

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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.

"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.

Gruden also spent four seasons as head coach of the Raiders from 1998 to 2001, before they traded Gruden to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It was a lousy 6-10 season, but we have found ourselves in the forefront of the Jon Gruden rumors.

The Raiders do now have a coach who received a contract extension last season.

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While Del Rio losing his job didn't surprise many, the timing did, as owner Mark Davis fired Del Rio while he was on his way to the locker room immediately after the game. The offense again was abysmal, and the defense under John Pagano, going against really it's first quality quarterback in Philip Rivers, struggled mightily, allowing Rivers to throw for 387 yards with three touchdowns, and giving up 117 yards rushing.

Another consideration for Gruden is that he is scheduled to continue with his broadcasting gig with ESPN through the playoffs, and he wants to honor that commitment. Del Rio had been the ninth coach in Oakland since Gruden left but the only one to get the team to the playoffs.

Vea, in the team's worst-kept secret, confirmed to The Seattle Times that he is planning to hire an agent in the coming days and declare for the National Football League draft. Gannon is now a TV analyst for CBS and was in the booth for the Raiders' finale against the Chargers on Sunday. "I hope I'm a candidate", regarding where things stand between him and the Raiders. Many changes are expected over the next few weeks, and Raider Nation can't wait to see how it all unfolds.