Oakland Raiders: Jon Gruden set to return to Silver and Black

Oakland Raiders: Jon Gruden set to return to Silver and Black

Oakland Raiders: Jon Gruden set to return to Silver and Black

As ESPN opened its broadcast of Saturday's AFC Wild Card game between the Chiefs and the Titans, play-by-play man Sean McDonough quickly addressed Gruden's future.

He will be introduced at the team facility in Alameda on Tuesday in a 3 p.m. ET media conference.

After getting fired from the Bucs in 2009, Gruden went to ESPN and became the main color commentator of Monday Night Football.

Jon Gruden's presumptive last ESPN broadcast before becoming coach of the Raiders started with a farewell - even as Gruden declined to make it official.

The 54-year-old spent seven seasons as the Bucs coach, but was sacked following the 2008 campaign after a 9-7 term. Before that, Gruden spent 10 years as a head coach in the NFL. 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.

The Cincinnati Bengals may have managed to retain their long-tenured head coach, Marvin Lewis, but they will soon be in the market for another defensive coordinator-not that that is a new phenomenon.

Gruden, 54, is set to return to coaching after an absence of almost a decade. Gibbs stepped away following the 1992 season with three Super Bowl titles in his career. Overall, Gruden is 95-81 in 11 seasons.

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.

Besides the emotional pull of coming back to the franchise where he made his name, there is cold logic behind the Raiders' pursuit of Gruden. The team went 30-34 in his four seasons, making the playoffs twice and winning one game before retiring again.

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