Jon Gruden confirmed that the Raiders are interested in hiring him back.
The Raiders are looking for a new coach after firing Jack Del Rio on Sunday, and Gruden indicated he is one of the team’s candidates.
“Well, I think I am being considered, yes. I hope I’m a candidate,” Gruden told the San Jose Mercury News.
When asked how long it might take for the Raiders to make their choice, Gruden said the process shouldn’t take too long.
“My understanding is they’re interviewing candidates this week, and they’re going to let everybody know sometime early next week or whenever they make their decision,” Gruden said.
Gruden coached the Raiders from 1998-2001, posting a 38-26 mark. He went on to lead the Buccaneers to a Super Bowl championship in 2002, beating the Raiders in the title game. Gruden was 95-81 in six seasons in Tampa Bay.
Gruden, who hasn’t coached since 2008, currently is an analyst on ESPN’s “Monday Night Football.”