ESPN there may be a vacancy in your broadcasting booth if any of the latest rumors circling Jon Gruden (former NFL head coach) happen to be true, the most recent, sending him back to the Oakland Raiders.
Reports this morning by CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Confora have only added fuel to the Gruden back to Oakland fire, as current owner Mark Davis (son of former owner Al Davis) is reportedly interested in bringing back the former Raider coach. News this morning reported by La Canfora claimed Davis had protracted talks with the former head coach late last season signalling a continued interest in the coach.
Another sign potentially linking Gruden to an Oakland Raider return came in a second Gruden report this morning, as ESPN's Adam Schefter who reported that owner Mark Davis is unwilling to offer contract extensions to any of the team's assistant coaches. Could this spell an end for Dennis Allen as well? It is very possible.
Gruden's former quarterback Rich Gannon, whose had conversations with the coach about his return to the NFL, seems to think this return is possible claiming in an interview this week with 95.7 The Game that this scenario (Gruden returning to Oakland) "isn't out the realms of possibilities". Gannon also expressed that current Raider's Coach Dennis Allen deserves another opportunity, however, the report this morning by Adam Schefter may spell trouble for every Raider coach including the second year coach.
The current Monday Night Football analyst is used to being in the coaching rumor mill and stated earlier this month that he will be staying with ESPN as Jon Gruden claimed in a report by ESPN's Chris Mortensen that he is "just trying to do his job".
As the 2013 season winds down and more coaching vacancies open up, expect the Jon Gruden coaching rumors to continue swirling. Gruden is currently under contract until 2017 and has also reportedly gained interest from the Texas Longhorns and Houston Texans.