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Jon Gruden to target John Morton if tabbed by Raiders

03 January 2018, 01:35 | Marlene Fleming

Jon Gruden to target John Morton if tabbed by Raiders

Jon Gruden confirms interest in Raiders job: 'I hope I'm a candidate'

Jack Del Rio was sacked on New Year's Eve after Oakland's loss to the Los Angeles Chargers, fueling rumors of Jon Gruden as the Raiders next head coach.

Safety Reggie Nelson, who broke into the National Football League under Del Rio in Jacksonville, said Sunday's move left him "numb".

The Daily News reported if Gruden does go to Oakland he might try to recruit Jets offensive coordinator John Morton to go with him and that NY will not stand in his way.

Even though Gruden has been hesitate in the past to return to coaching, he will have enough power within the organization that he can reshape the entire front office and coaching staff, though some holdovers still remain from his first time coaching the team.

The Raiders do now have a coach who received a contract extension last season. The Raiders are being cautious about the timing of hiring Gruden, as they have to satisfy the Rooney Rule and make it seem like they interviewed other candidates in the wake of Jack Del Rio's firing.

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Another consideration for Gruden is that he is scheduled to continue with his broadcasting gig with ESPN through the playoffs, and he wants to honor that commitment.

"Came to work with a smile every day, and definitely enjoyed playing for him, but it just sucks because he's the coach". Gannon is now a TV analyst for CBS and was in the booth for the Raiders' finale against the Chargers on Sunday. He went on to lead the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a Super Bowl championship in 2002, beating the Raiders in the title game. When they win, sometimes you get the feeling that they can beat anybody.

"He felt he needed a change, and I told him how much I appreciated the opportunity he gave me".

According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, however, there is only really a 50-50 chance of Del Rio being released at the end of the season.



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