Jon Gruden returns as Oakland Raiders head coach

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.

As such - and especially with Saturday afternoon's playoff game featuring one of the Raiders' division rivals, the Chiefs - fans on social media and at Arrowhead Stadium were quick to poke fun at the situation, as well as Gruden's reported 10-year deal and worth an estimated $100 million.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport announces that former ESPN NFL announcer Jon Gruden has been hired as the Oakland Raiders next head coach.

This time Gruden will replace Jack Del Rio, who went 25-23 in three seasons with the franchise. He has a 95-81 career record.

The Raiders Research Project, a repository of historical information not readily available online or from the notoriously secretive Oakland Raiders, is back in action and once again working in conjunction with Silver & Black Report.

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"Well, thank you", Gruden said, adding: "Nothing's official yet, but these Chiefs' fans have been on my case since I got here!"

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.

In 2008, the Super Bowl-winning Head Coach parted ways with the Buccaneers, and ventured into the broadcast booth.

The Raiders were in need of a coach after they made a decision to part ways with Jack Del Rio.

Gruden was born in Sandusky, Ohio in 1963 and grew up as the son of Jim Gruden, a professional football regional scout, who also served as a running backs coach and director of player personnel on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It won't happen Saturday, because Gruden has obligations with his current employer, ESPN, and it won't be Monday because that's when he's expected to "interview" for his new gig. Great legacy on Monday Night Football.

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