When asked specifically if he was a candidate, Gruden replied: "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.
The Oakland Raiders are expected to hire Jon Gruden as head coach.
In his first two seasons as the Raiders head coach, Del Rio was seen as a messiah of sorts, taking a team that had a total of eleven wins over the course of the three years before, to a team with a 7-9 record in 2016 and an even better 12-4 in 2016.
Gruden's Raiders candidacy also complicates his current job status as Monday Night Football color commentator. Despite winning back-to-back division titles, the Raiders traded Gruden to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who dominated Oakland the following year in Super Bowl XXXVII.
Gruden would be "temped to accept" such an offer from the Raiders but would hesitate to make any decisions until after the team's regular-season finale Sunday, according to ESPN, which has employed Gruden as an analyst since 2009.
Del Rio was sacked following the 30-10 defeat to the Chargers, leading to the current search. Rapoport added that Gruden was assembling a coaching staff in anticipation of returning to coaching, one that includes his former QB, Rich Gannon.
Pagano finished his first head coaching job with a 56-46 record, including a 3-3 mark in the playoffs. Another wrinkle: The Raiders are set to move to Las Vegas in the next few seasons, though they will remain in California at least through 2018. 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. "I trust they will follow the rule and I believe that".