After Gruden worked ESPN's wild-card broadcast of Tennessee's win over the Chiefs, the Raiders announced Gruden as the team's coach. 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.
While the Raiders are widely expected to name Gruden their next head coach as early as next week, neither Gruden nor the team has confirmed those reports. One candidate was with the Oakland Raiders. This is not the first time two brothers have been head coaches in the National Football League simultaneously.
We saw this same strategy being employed when the Raiders inked Derek Carr to his then-record contract (before Matthew Stafford signed his). He was sacked by Tampa Bay following the 2008 season and has spent the past nine years as an announcer at ESPN.
When McDonough acknowledged the news before the game, Gruden awkwardly replied by saying nothing is official, but afterwards, he accepted the farewell and said, "It's been a great run".
The Raiders, meanwhile, have gone through nine different head coaches since firing Gruden.
Gruden previously coached the Raiders from 1998 through 2001, compiling a 38-26 regular-season record and a 2-2 record in two playoff appearances.
Gruden was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and won the Super Bowl in his first season, beating the Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII. Shell went 2-14 that season and was sacked after one year. Gibbs stepped away following the 1992 season with three Super Bowl titles in his career.
The 54-year-old spent seven seasons as the Bucs coach, but was sacked following the 2008 campaign after a 9-7 term.