Jack Del Rio Fired by Raiders Amid Jon Gruden Rumors

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The Raiders would be willing to move on from third-year coach Jack Del Rio should the 54-year-old Gruden be available, per reports. I take a lot every year from coaches, some others. After going 7-9 in his first year, the team jumped to 12-4 last season and reached the playoffs.

Gruden went 95-81 over his coaching career, notching a 38-26 record over the first four years of his career in Oakland.

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For the past near decade, Gruden has been an ESPN analyst, with constant rumors around where and when he would return to the game. They entered 2017 with high expectations but completely flopped, going just 6-10 while disappointing across the board.

Del Rio revealed this news to the media after the game. Over his three seasons as the Raiders coach he went 25-23 overall and 8-10 against AFC West rivals.

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The Raiders are essentially a dead team walking in Oakland, as 2018 could be their last season in the city before moving to Las Vegas, so perhaps firing Del Rio was done with the idea of keeping fans interested in mind.

But star quarterback Derek Carr regressed under first-year offensive coordinator Todd Downing, and Ken Norton, Jr. was sacked as defensive coordinator after 10 games.

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