Jon Gruden on Raiders job: 'I think I am being considered, yes'

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Jon Gruden confirms he's in mix for Raiders' opening

"I would trust the judgment and integrity of [Raiders owner] Mark Davis and [general manager] Reggie McKenzie to the point that they have already spoken to minority candidates who could be available veteran coaches, just like Jon Gruden is a veteran ex-coach", Fritz Pollard Alliance chairman John Wooten told ESPN on Tuesday. They both worked for the Green Bay Packers in 1994, when Gruden was in his past year as wide receivers coach and McKenzie joined the Packers' personnel department. On "First Take", Smith exclaimed Gruden is unworthy of an ownership stake in the Raiders, which reportedly has been discussed.

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He continued: "There's validity to that at all. None, zero. That's a nice segment that I saw, but no, no ownership, that's for sure". Breer reported that some believe the Raiders felt getting Carr was a way to potentially reunite with Gruden.

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Now, it appears Gruden will become the next Raiders head coach and finally team up with Carr. The sham interview is when you interview someone that you know you're not going to hire, and they're not someone who's going to be a head coach.

After weeks of rumors and speculation, Gruden recently made a strong statement regarding what would happen if he was offered the job, confirming that there's a strong chance he would accept the position. He last coached in the NFL back in the 2008 season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and has since color commentated for Monday Night Football on ESPN. It's nearly like, I don't what's going to happen, Mike. The Chargers don't even know where they will live in a couple years.

According to Breer, Gruden was a big fan of Derek Carr coming out of college and that admiration convinced Davis that the Raiders should take him with the fourth pick in the 2014 draft. "I've known him a long time and I have a lot respect for the Raiders football organization".

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The final weekend of the NFL's regular season produced some frozen water fails on television and some frostiness from Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis, who put Jack Del Rio in the awkward position of announcing his own firing.

"This situation is a little different because Gruden was out of the league", Wooten said Tuesday.

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