ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Speculation since the Oakland Raiders’ season-ending loss to the Denver Broncos on Dec. 29 had Dennis Allen on his way out of town.
And while conjecture swirled, fans pounded their respective drums for the likes of Jon Gruden to return to the Raiders, or even Hue Jackson. Two other names whispered loudly -- Stanford coach David Shaw and Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden … yes, Chucky’s little brother.
But after two years of a “deconstruction phase” (owner Mark Davis’ words), Allen is returning for Year 1 of the Raiders’ “reconstruction” (again, quoting Davis) in 2014.
Meanwhile, the elder Gruden maintains his stance that he is happy in ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” broadcast booth.
His younger brother, meanwhile, was just named Washington's head coach Thursday morning, and Jackson is replacing him as the Bengals’ offensive playcaller.
In fact, Jay Gruden is Washington’s eighth different head coach in the 14-plus years since Dan Snyder became the team owner in 1999.
That’s a lot of coaches and a lot of philosophies and a shocking lack of continuity … truly, frustration to which Raiders fans might relate.
Consider: since Jon Gruden was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2002, the Raiders have had seven different head coaches and Oakland has a combined record of 66-129 (.339), including the playoffs.
A look, then, at the men to have coached the Raiders since Gruden left: