Gruden will be announced this week as the next coach of the Oakland Raiders, and thus was working his last game for ESPN; McDonough made clear that Gruden was liked and respected not just by his broadcast partner, but by everyone involved with ESPN's National Football League production.
Of course, the Warriors won't want a lame-duck coach next season and Kerr has a good chance to add a third title before Gruden even coaches another game with the Raiders.
He is one of at least three coaches reported to have been definitely linked to Gruden's new staff, even though Gruden's position will not be official until Tuesday.
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The team announced the move Saturday as soon as Gruden finished his final broadcast as an announcer for ESPN. Overall, Gruden is 95-81 in 11 seasons.
His tenure ended shortly after the "Tuck Rule" loss to the New England Patriots when he was traded the following month to Tampa Bay for two first-round draft picks, two second-rounders and $8 million.
For what it's worth, no coach has won a Super Bowl with multiple teams.
Gruden spent four seasons as coach in Oakland from 1998-2001. Washington and Oakland are not scheduled to play again until 2021. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the Raiders were not releasing the names of candidates. In fact, Cincinnati has been one of the most frequent sources to find first-time head coaches over the past decade.
A top priority for Oakland's next head coach will be re-establishing Carr, who struggled this past season.