In leading off the telecast of Saturday afternoon's wild-card game between the Tennessee Titans and Kansas City Chiefs, ESPN play-by-play announcer Sean McDonough wasted no time revealing one of the worst-kept secrets in sports.
McDonough signed off by bidding farewell to Gruden and wishing him luck with the Raiders.
The 54-year-old coached the Raiders between 1998 and 2001, before being traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Gruden holds a 95-81 regular-season record as a head coach and a 5-4 mark in the postseason. In return for trading the coach, Davis' won two first-round picks, two second-round picks and $8 million.More news: Jimmy Iovine Will Leave Apple Inc. (AAPL) Music This Summer
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No matter what the relationship was or wasn't, we weren't robbed of a heartfelt parting of the ways.
The team finishing in third place in the AFC West, again failing to qualify for the playoffs. The defence struggled mightily before a late-season switch from fired co-ordinator Ken Norton Jr.to play-caller John Pagano. Raiders have rehired coaches before but the results were not what they were hoping. Shell's firing came after one year, and after the Raiders ended the season 2-14. Gibbs stepped away following the 1992 season with three Super Bowl titles in his career.
It's official, Jon, even if the Raiders haven't yet issued a statement. Paul Guenther will be his defensive coordinator with Rich Bisaccia as his special team's coach.
Gruden was born in Sandusky, Ohio in 1963 and grew up as the son of Jim Gruden, a professional football regional scout, who also served as a running backs coach and director of player personnel on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Great legacy on Monday Night Football. You might be familiar with "Gruden's QB Camp", which was as segment on ESPN where Gruden would interview college quarterbacks entering the NFL Draft. In 2011 he was on camera for the Outback and Orange Bowl games.