The Oakland Raiders have looked like a completely different squad during the 2017 NFL season after a promising 2016 season. The Raiders were a popular pick to make a leap and vault themselves into the AFC elite but struggled mightily on both sides of the field.
Derek Carr has not resembled the MVP-caliber player from last season, while the defense was once again a liability. However, the playcalling and decision making from the sidelines may have been the main culprits for Oakland’s disappointing season.
The Raiders may be looking to make a head coaching splash in the offseason because according to Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen of ESPN, Jon Gruden is clearly on Oakland’s radar:
The Oakland Raiders are preparing to pursue ESPN analyst Jon Gruden with an offer so strong it could even include an ownership stake in the team, according to league sources.”
Oakland fired head coach Jack Del Rio following the team’s loss to the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 17, clearing the way for a reunion with Gruden. The former Raiders head coach is always in rumors when a head coaching vacancy opens up, but it appears there may be some substance given the report of a massive offer.
Gruden’s potential arrival would be sure to re-energize a fan base that was fully expecting a playoff run during the 2017 season. However, it is best to temper expectations until a formal decision is announced.