Raiders fire Jack Del Rio

Oakland Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio reacts during a news conference after an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Chargers Sunday Dec. 31 2017 in Carson Calif

When asked specifically if he was a candidate, Gruden replied: "Well, I think I am being considered, yes".

"My understanding is they're interviewing candidates this week and they're going to let everybody know sometime early next week or whenever they make their decision", Gruden told the paper.

ESPN's National Football League insider Adam Schefter says Jon Gruden will return to coaching as the head coach of the Oakland Raiders.

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Gruden also spent four seasons as head coach of the Raiders from 1998 to 2001, before they traded Gruden to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He then went on to win the Super Bowl with the Bucs the very next year, beating Oakland in the process. This year, he talked openly about a return to the sidelines and there was speculation - primarily wishful thinking from University of Tennessee fans - that he would leave ESPN to coach the Volunteers.

Pagano finished his first head coaching job with a 56-46 record, including a 3-3 mark in the playoffs.

Gruden is calling his final game of the season on Saturday, when the Titans and Chiefs meet in the wild-card round.

One potential complication with the Raiders is the fact that current coach Jack Del Rio was just awarded a four-year contract extension in February. 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. It seems all that needs to happen before Gruden's hiring is made official is the satisfaction of the Rooney rule and Gruden calling the National Football League playoff game for ESPN this coming weekend.

Tom Flores was the first Hispanic coach to win a Super Bowl and the team also hired Hue Jackson as coach in 2011 and now employs Reggie McKenzie as general manager. "I trust they will follow the rule and I believe that".

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