Raiders announce Jon Gruden as new head coach

Unofficially, Jon Gruden has been the head coach of the Raiders since Jack Del Rio was sacked immediatley following Oakland's week 17 loss to the Chargers.

Confirming the worst-kept secret in sports, the Oakland Raiders announced Saturday that Jon Gruden will be their next head coach.

The Raiders will introduce Gruden at a press conference on Tuesday at noon. Following that snowy contest, Raiders owner Al Davis made the trade the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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The team reportedly offered Gruden an ownership stake in the team if he accepted the coaching position, but who needs an ownership stake when you can have $100 million in cold, hard cash instead?

In all, Gruden has compiled a 95-and-81 record during his first run as the Raiders and Bucs coach from 1998-2008. The defense struggled mightily before a late-season switch from fired coordinator Ken Norton play-caller John Pagano.

Gruden spent four seasons as coach in Oakland from 1998-2001.

He last coached with the Buccaneers, with whom he won Super Bowl XXXVII - beating the Raiders 48-21.

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This would not mark the first time the Raiders brought back a coach for a second stint.

All this combined led to the firing of Del Rio at the conclusion of his third season and the fight to get Gruden.

Other teams have also done it, with one of the most recent notable coaching hires being Joe Gibbs in Washington. He returned to 2004, and in four seasons ended up with a 30-34 record, leading the Redskins to two playoff appearances.

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