After another loss in Week 16, the Oakland Raiders have fallen to 4-11 on the season and may be on the verge of yet another change at the head coaching position.
Apparently, one-time Super Bowl champion and former Raiders coach Jon Gruden remains intrigued at the prospect of returning to Oakland for a second stint according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports:
Back in November I reported that former Super Bowl winning coach Jon Gruden would be drawn to the possibility of coaching the Raiders or Falcons, and I continue to hear that Oakland in particular has a certain appeal to him and owner Mark Davis could re-start attempts to lure Gruden back.
With current head coach Dennis Allen on the hot seat heading into the season finale against the division rival Denver Broncos, owner Mark Davis may very well make the change if he can convince Gruden to return.
Gruden would be in an ideal position if he returned to Oakland with the team having an enormous amount of cap space available and the team potentially moving to Los Angeles in the near future. The former NFL head coach would begin a new era of Raider football with the backing of Davis and the ability to bring in big-name free agents in the off-season.
Needless to say, if there were ever a time to for Gruden to return to the iconic franchise it’s now.
Although signs appear to be pointing to Gruden returning to Oakland, Allen still hasn’t been given any indication that he’ll return and may still be able to return for a third season. Odds aren’t in Allen’s favor with coaches in Oakland only lasting two seasons or less since the departure of Gruden back in 2001.
The Week 17 result against the visiting Denver Broncos will likely determine Allen’s future in Oakland. A win may help his case, but Davis may have already started making preparations for a pitch to Gruden in an effort to start over once again.