Raiders officially announce Jon Gruden as team's head coach

As Gruden himself pointed out to broadcast partner Sean McDonough before the start of Saturday's wild-card matchup between the Chiefs and Titans: "Nothing's official yet, but these Chiefs fans have been on my back since I got here".

The long wait is over, Jon Gruden is finally returning to the football sideline and it will be for the Oakland Raiders.

"It's an emotional and bittersweet day for our Monday Night Football family as today we say goodbye to coach Gruden after nine very distinguished years in this Monday Night Football booth".

Gruden will be announced this week as the next coach of the Oakland Raiders, and thus was working his last game for ESPN; McDonough made clear that Gruden was liked and respected not just by his broadcast partner, but by everyone involved with ESPN's National Football League production.

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Gruden reportedly is set to strike a deal for 10 years and $100 million to be the Raiders' next head coach, ESPN reported Friday.

The Raiders fired Jack Del Rio following the end of a disappointing six-win season.

Gruden spent his first four seasons as a head coach with Oakland, posting a 38-26 record from 1998-2001 and guiding the team to a pair of playoff berths, including the AFC Championship game in his last two seasons. Last time he began to have a rift with Al Davis and eventually left for Tampa Bay and won a Super Bowl with the Buccaneers.

  • Tabitha Byrd