In a move that was expected, the Oakland Raiders have fired Dennis Allen as head coach. After getting off to another dismal start, the Raiders dismissed Allen after a short, yet unsuccessful, stint in Oakland. Following a blowout at the hands of the Miami Dolphins in London on Sunday, Allen was reportedly informed of his firing over the phone the next day. With the team showing little signs of life and looking at an uphill battle to turn around what has been a lousy decade, could Oakland look to a familiar face to get the team back on track? The NFL rumors will continue to swirl involving the Raiders looking to hire Jon Gruden and bring him back to the black hole.
The thing is, is there any reason for Gruden to be interested in a Raiders reunion?
The former Raiders and Super Bowl winning coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has a soft job with ESPN. He calls the Monday Night Football game alongside with Mike Tirico as well as serving as an analyst/mentor for college quarterbacks preparing to enter the NFL Draft. While he may wish to someday return to the coaching ranks, is it worth joining a Raiders franchise that is loaded with bad contracts and draft busts?
According to Ian Rapoport, the Raiders will hope that the lasting friendship formed the first time around with team owner Mark Davis will aid in bringing back Gruden.
“Of course, all eyes turn to Jon Gruden. We know he is close with Raiders owner Mark Davis,” Rapoport said Monday night. “That would be, from what I understand, the first look from the Oakland Raiders.”
Ultimately, I don’t see the Raiders being able to lure Gruden back to coaching. Many teams have tried in the past, and many more will likely make an attempt in the future.