Gruden could follow coaches who sat out before return

NFL broadcaster and former Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden greets fans before an NFL preseason football game between the Oakland Raiders and the Dallas Cowboys in Oakland Calif. Monday Aug. 13 2012

The worst-kept secret of the week has been confirmed: Jon Gruden will return to coach the Oakland Raiders. His Buccaneers beat the Raiders 48-21 in Super Bowl XXXVII. Oakland finished a disappointing 6-10 during the 2017 campaign after going 12-4 in 2016 to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2002.

The team's pursuit of Gruden raised questions as to whether the Raiders complied with the Rooney Rule, which requires each National Football League franchise with a head coaching vacancy to interview at least one minority candidate.

According to Jim Trotter of ESPN, the Packers requested an interview with Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie, but McKenzie declined.

Then after that he will head to Oakland with the task of resurrecting Carr after a down year and getting the Raiders back to the postseason.

Of course, the Warriors won't want a lame-duck coach next season and Kerr has a good chance to add a third title before Gruden even coaches another game with the Raiders.

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TOM FLORES: Flores was replaced as Raiders coach following the 1987 season after winning two Super Bowls in his nine seasons with the franchise. Technically, nothing is official until Gruden signs his $10-year, $100 million contract.

The NFL club took to Twitter on Saturday afternoon to offer its former coach a 'welcome back'. Gibbs returned to coaching in 2004 and his second stint in Washington wasn't almost as effective as his first. Shell went 2-14 that season and was sacked after one year. The team went 30-34 in his four seasons, making the playoffs twice and winning one game before retiring again.

Gruden seemed touched by the remarks but didn't want to step on a future official announcement.

The 54-year-old spent seven seasons as the Bucs coach, but was sacked following the 2008 campaign after a 9-7 term.

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