Gruden will be formally introduced at a news conference Tuesday.
Sunday, ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter told ESPN's Scott Van Pelt on Sportscenter "Jon Gruden is going to be the next coach of the Oakland Raiders". He last coached in the National Football League in the 2008 season for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Gruden was traded to the Buccaneers and won the Super Bowl in his first season, beating the Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII. The cynic in me believes that has played a not insignificant role in the decision to name Gruden as head coach, and to do so in the manner in which it has unfolded.
It's the prospect of Gruden returning Carr to his Pro Bowl form of 2015 and 2016 that is so enticing to the Raiders, according to Peter King of Sports Illustrated. Gruden is the ideal match for Oakland and will bring several talented coaches with him.
This would not mark the first time the Raiders brought back a coach for a second stint. Ditka became legendary in the city thanks to leading the Bears to their only Super Bowl title following the 1985 season, but he was sacked after going 5-11 in 1992.
Even with that said, however, this has the feeling of a farce to it, but then again, it would be the Raiders to be front and center in it. Gruden has vast football knowledge, but there is a good reason for his firing so many years ago. He came back in 2004 and had a 30-34 record in four seasons, leading Washington to two playoff berths.