Raiders fire Jack Del Rio; is Jon Gruden next up?

  • Raiders fire Jack Del Rio; is Jon Gruden next up?

Raiders fire Jack Del Rio; is Jon Gruden next up?

Del Rio informed reporters he had been fired following Oakland's season-ending 30-10 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.

Del Rio led Oakland to a 6-10 season this year after going 12-4 last year and making the playoffs for the first time since 2002.

The ESPN broadcaster has always been rumored to have an interest in returning to coach somewhere in the National Football League, but it's been mostly smoke and no fire.

Davis has always been intrigued about a second stint with Gruden but it seemed unlikely the franchise would be in for another change heading into this season.

Jon Gruden, who coached the Raiders from 1998 to 2001 before being traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and winning a Super Bowl, is the primary target of owner Mark Davis, ESPN reported on New Year's Eve. Under first-year coordinator Todd Downing, the group appeared to take a step back, particularly Carr and receiver Amari Cooper.

Del Rio did what he could to try and turn things around, firing defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. on November 21, after the team's 33-8 loss to the New England Patriots.

Del Rio lasted three seasons as the Raiders coach, posting a 25-23 record.

They were the upstarts past year and were hot going into the playoffs until Derek Carr busted his ankle.