Raiders to announce Gruden hiring next Tuesday

Raiders to announce Gruden hiring next Tuesday

It appears that any speculation of Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie returning to the Packers can be put to rest after ESPN's Jim Trotter reported that McKenzie declined an interview with his former team this week. Though Gruden went 38-26 with two playoff appearances in four years with the Raiders, he did not lead the team to the Super Bowl. St. Louis won just nine games his first two years before breaking through with the Super Bowl title in the 1999 season behind quarterback Kurt Warner.

Then after that he will head to Oakland with the task of resurrecting Carr after a down year and getting the Raiders back to the postseason.

The Raiders fired Del Rio following a disappointing six-win season and talk immediately turned to Gruden, who has been out of coaching since being fired by Tampa Bay following the 2008 season.

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According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, Gruden's contract, and the contracts his assistants will sign, will be heavily backloaded. He served in that role from 1998 through 2001, before being traded to Tampa Bay. He is the second-youngest head coach to win a Super Bowl in National Football League history, winning a ring at age 39 in his first season with Tampa Bay. Overall, Gruden is 95-81 in 11 seasons. Gibbs returned to coaching in 2004 and his second stint in Washington wasn't almost as effective as his first. "Welcome home Gruden! Go Raiders!"

The 54-year-old spent seven seasons as the Bucs coach, but was sacked following the 2008 campaign after a 9-7 term.

Gruden more or less confirmed the report, unlike in previous years when he denied or had no comment. Shell went 2-14 that season and was sacked after one year.