Raiders make it official: Jon Gruden is their new coach

Tricia Pearson
January 7, 2018

Gruden is in Kansas City to call Saturday's AFC wild-card game between the Chiefs and Titans for ESPN.

As such - and especially with Saturday afternoon's playoff game featuring one of the Raiders' division rivals, the Chiefs - fans on social media and at Arrowhead Stadium were quick to poke fun at the situation, as well as Gruden's reported 10-year deal and worth an estimated $100 million.

But there has been mostly a run of losing seasons under nine coaches as only the Cleveland Browns had lost more games during Gruden's 16-year absence than the Raiders.

FILE - In this January 14, 2001, file photo, then-Oakland Raiders' coach Jon Gruden is shown during a press conference at Raiders headquarters in Alameda, Calif.

Fellow Oakland coach Steve Kerr said he was thrilled for Gruden, but also noted that it was a lot more than he is making.

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According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Gruden's coordinators are already in place.

Gruden, 54, has expressed an interest in returning to the sidelines despite a great job on ESPN's Monday Night Football. Oakland won 12 games in 2016 to earn Del Rio a four-year extension but the team fell flat this season. With the Raiders, he'll make considerably more than his $6.5 million, with a contract twice as long as most new head coaches.

While you may or may not be familiar with his work, or who he is, here's five things you should know about the team's newest Head Coach.

15 years after the franchise traded him to the Tampa Bay Bucs following the 2001 season, he returns to the Black Hole. Overall, Gruden is 95-81 in 11 seasons. Gibbs stepped away following the 1992 season with three Super Bowl titles in his career.

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