Raiders Deny Rumors on Gruden

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IDecember 4, 2012

Jon Gruden's name has been floating around for a while now, as coaching positions have started opening up.

Currently, he's reportedly talking to the Oakland Raiders, according to Hub Arkush of Pro Football Weekly (via Dan Bernstein of WSCR).


UPDATE: Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 8:10 p.m. ET by Tim Keeney

Not so fast. The Raiders have "officially" denied talking to Gruden about a job in Oakland (via CSN California's Paul Gutierrez):

#Raiders officially deny "rumor" of talks with #JonGruden. #RaidersTalk

— Paul Gutierrez (@PGutierrezCSN) December 6, 2012

---End of update---


Bernstein tweeted on Tuesday:

. @hub_arkush of @profootballwkly just told @boers_bernstein that Jon Gruden and the #Raiders are in talks to bring him back to Oakland.

— Dan Bernstein (@dan_bernstein) December 4, 2012


The former Raiders coach, who was in Oakland from 1998 to 2001, has served as a color commentator on Monday Night Football since 2009 and received a five-year extension from ESPN that began in September.

But rumors ranging from the Raiders to the University of Tennessee have people buzzing again about Gruden's potential return to football as a head coach.

Gruden won a Super Bowl with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers the year after he left Oakland...against the Raiders. That is something that has always been a point of consternation among Raiders fans. 

Oakland hasn't made the playoffs since.

Obviously, the Raiders would love to have Gruden back, but the chances of them actually landing him still seem relatively slim, given his contract with ESPN and his declarations that he wouldn't leave the network.

Of course, the hiring of Gruden would mean the end of the Dennis Allen regime. The former defensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos has had a rough first year in Oakland, especially considering defense hasn't been the Raiders' strong suit.

The Raiders are 3-9 this season and they've lost five straight games, including a loss to the Cleveland Browns last week. They've allowed 31.3 points per game, the worst mark in the NFL

Is "Chucky" headed back to the Black Hole to do some damage?

Raiders fans can only hope so after a miserable campaign, as there's been very little good news since his departure.

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