By Anthony Caruso III
Posted: January 14th, 2015 at 4:19 PM EST
The Oakland Raiders seem to have a new head coach every year since they traded Jon Gruden to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers more than a decade ago. Today, the team has hired former Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio.
Del Rio, who spent the past three years with the Broncos, was close to being named the Raiders head coach before ESPN’s Chris Mortensen said it is now official. He was fired by the Broncos on Monday when the entire coaching staff was let go.
This is his second head coaching position in the NFL. He was previously the Jacksonville Jaguars head coach from 2003 through 2011. He had a 68-71 record in the 9-years.
When Fox was out for medical reasons, Del Rio filled-in with the Broncos, as the interim head coach for about a month in November 2013.
He has interviewed for several head coaching available positions in recent years, including at his alma mater, the Southern California Trojans. But for some reason, or another, he wasn’t hired for a head coaching job until now.
With the Raiders, he replaces Dennis Allen and interim head coach Tony Sparano. Allen, who Del Rio replaced with the Broncos as the defensive coordinator, lasted only a few games into the season, before being replaced by Sparano.