Jon Gruden said there is no validity to the rumors that he was offered a stake in ownership with the Raiders to take over as the team’s coach, but if he were offered the job by owner Mark Davis “there’s a good chance” he would take it.
“I’m excited about where I am in terms of studying the game and preparing to come back and coach,” he said on ESPN’s “Golic and Wingo” on Wednesday. “I just don’t want to sit here and speculate … I don’t know what’s going to happen, Mike (Golic), I gotta be honest with you. It’s been a long couple weeks, I know they’ve gone through their process of interviewing candidates and until they’re done I won’t know, but I did have a good meeting with Mark.”
Gruden was the head coach for the Raiders from 1998-2001 when Mark Davis’ father, Al, was the team’s owner. Gruden was later traded to the Buccaneers for four draft picks and cash after the 2001 season.
The Buccaneers then went on to win Super Bowl XXXVII in 2003 against the Raiders.
Gruden, 54, has been a rumored candidate for multiple jobs over the last several years, but this is the first one where it looks like he will be willing to accept.
“I have had conversations with Mark, and they’re still, I believe, going through the interview process, so when he knows I think we’ll all know, but I appreciate (ESPN NFL insiders Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen’s) confidence that I have a chance of getting that job,” he said. “It’s just so nice of them.”