Today's Gruden Grinder goes to JON GRUDEN'S AGENT - who's reportedly landing a $100 MILLION contract for Chucky to coach the Raiders. He was 95-81 over 11 seasons with Oakland and Tampa Bay, winning a Super Bowl with the Buccaneers. He served as an assistant coach for the Green Bay Packers before taking command of the Raiders in 1998.
The last time Gruden coached the Raiders was January 19, 2002 against the New England Patriots.
Sources say Gruden is at a point in his life - his youngest child will be a senior in high school next year - and his broadcasting career ("Monday Night Football" hasn't had the same cache and top games in recent years) where a return to the sideline was more real than ever.
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After going 40-28 in four seasons at Oakland, Gruden replaced the fired Tony Dungy as coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2002 as part of a trade deal that saw the Raiders receive two first-round NFL Draft picks, two second-round choices and $8 million. He was sacked after going 9-7 in 2008 with the Buccaneers, his seventh season with the team.
The NFL Network's Ian Rapoport tweeted that Gruden has already planned three key hires: Greg Olson (current Rams quarterback coach) as offensive coordinator, Paul Guenther (current Bengals defensive coordinator) as defensive coordinator and Rich Bisaccia (current Cowboys special teams coach) as speical teams coach.
Gruden has been lining up potential members of his coaching staff.