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Raiders fire head coach Jack Del Rio

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Oakland Raiders have fired head coach Jack Del Rio. The Raiders finished their 2017 season with a 6-10 season.

The Raiders made this decision despite signing Del Rio to a four-year extension with the team in February. On Saturday night, a report surfaced that the Raiders are targeting Jon Gruden, their former head coach and current ESPN’s Monday Night Football analyst, as their next head coach — and are willing to offer him an ownership stake to make Gruden the their head coach once again.

Former Oakland Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio (Getty Images)

Former Oakland Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio (Getty Images)

Del Rio was the Raiders head coach for three seasons. He went 25-23 in his coaching career with the Raiders, but only one winning season with a 12-4 record in 2016, which snapped Oakland’s 13-year drought in the playoffs.

After the Raiders made the playoffs last season, they lost to the Houston Texans in the AFC Wild-Card game.

This season, the Raiders regressed badly, as they lost six more games than they did last season. But all of the blame should not be put on Del Rio, as he cannot rushing the ball and catch the ball for his team.

The Raiders had 18 players on injured reserve. Only Aldon Smith was on the list, as he was suspended by the league.

Oakland was able to score on 20 of their 32 red zone attempts.

Derek Carr went 6-8 this season, but went 323 of 515 for 3,496 passing yards. He also had 22 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.

The 21 touchdowns were the fewest since his rookie season in 2014. Carr also tied his career-most interceptions with 13 in 2015.

The Raiders also did not have a 1,000 yard rusher or a 1,000 yard receiver. Marshawn Lynch finished the season with 891 rushing yards, while Jared Cook led the team with 688 receiving yards.

The 54-year-old Gruden, who is making $6.5 million as an analyst for Monday Night Football, has not coached in the NFL since the 2009 season. He is 95-81 as an NFL head coach, including stops with the Raiders and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Gruden went 57-55 with the Buccaneers, including winning the franchise’s first Super Bowl win over the Raiders during the 2002 season after the rare NFL trade for a head coach. With the Raiders, he was 38-26.

He began his coaching career with the Raiders with back-to-back 8-8 seasons. He then went 22-10 in his final two seasons, guiding the team to back-to-back playoff appearances.

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