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Gruden back to the Raiders?


07:31 AM ET 12.20 | Of course, if a team is considering firing a head coach, it's good practice to have a plan for who might replace him. Earlier this week, former Raiders quarterback and NFL MVP Rich Gannon made a suggestion that will capture the imagination of plenty of Raiders fans: Former Raiders coach Jon Gruden. "I've had conversations with Jon in the past," Gannon told 95.7 The Game in San Francisco on Tuesday. "I don't think it's outside the realm of possibilities." Gannon was reluctant to go too far with the Gruden-to-Oakland talk, in large part because Gannon said he thinks current coach Dennis Allen should get a chance to finish what he started. Still, Gannon acknowledged that Gruden will indeed return to the NFL -- eventually.

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December 20, 2013  07:33 AM ET

You can never go home again, Jon. It just doesn't work.

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December 20, 2013  07:56 AM ET

Stay the course with Allen for another.

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December 20, 2013  08:11 AM ET

Recycled garbage.

December 20, 2013  08:18 AM ET

When he was at his the most successful point, Gruden just plain outworked every other coach in the NFL. It wasn't that he was smarter than anyone else and he acknowledged that openly at one time. He simply out-prepared any other coach. Once he won a Super Bowl in Tampa and all the distractions came along, he stopped doing that and fell back into being a nothing special coach. If he thinks he's going to come back years older and relight that early fire, he's kidding himself.

But if it gets him off Monday Night Football, I'm all for it.

December 20, 2013  08:27 AM ET

He hasn't coached in over a decade. Another Joe Gibbs. Get OUTTA Here!

December 20, 2013  08:28 AM ET

For a lot of reasons Imthink,he would make an above average college coach, and a less than average NFL coach.

December 20, 2013  08:39 AM ET

He's going to stay on TV as long as he can.

December 20, 2013  08:40 AM ET

Giants. If any team could use fresh offensive approach, and a guy that has a shot at turning a QB around, it's the Giants.

December 20, 2013  08:41 AM ET

This guy is gonna be linked to every opening, pro and college. If it will get him off of TV...

Could well be as many as nine NFL openings. Will be interesting to see the names that fly around.

December 20, 2013  08:48 AM ET

I'm all for him coaching as long as it gets him off MNF

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December 20, 2013  08:56 AM ET

yeah-right,.........the black-hOle's gonna pony-up [5-yr./$40-mil./total-control] = to chucky......?,......*AL Davis just sh/I/I/tt in his ~crypt~*.

December 20, 2013  09:00 AM ET

I thought he had a provision in his MNF contract that he will not return to coaching before said contract ends in 2016?

December 20, 2013  09:00 AM ET

Go to Texas John. Pay is better and nothing like working with those kids.

December 20, 2013  09:16 AM ET

I'm all for him coaching as long as it gets him off MNF

Three Cheers for that suggestion .

December 20, 2013  09:17 AM ET

There is likely to be 5 openings and if Jon wants to coach he could take any of them and make them contenders. The real question is why would you want to give up a tv gig like he has? Travel?

December 20, 2013  09:40 AM ET

I couldn't care less if he went to go flip burgers at a MacD's, get him out of the MNF booth. He sux.


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