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Mark Davis and Jon Gruden respond to reports of Raiders pursuit of former head coach and what NFL world is saying about it

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Saturday, on the eve of the Raiders’ season finale, ESPN dropped a bombshell report that said Mark Davis is preparing a blockbuster offer to Jon Gruden to be the Raiders’ next head coach.

Among the reported details of the offer, Davis is said to be willing to give Gruden $10 million per season and an ownership stake in the team.

Both Mark Davis and Jon Gruden have independently been contacted by media and their responses are somewhat telling.

“C’mon man, I’m out with my wife. This is crazy,” Gruden told Jerry McDonald of the Bay Area News Group. “I was supposed to be going to Tampa last week. What have they got? I don’t know.”

Asked how to best characterize the situation, Gruden said, `I’ve got nothing to report. I’m at an Outback Bowl event with my wife.”

Not ten minutes later, it was Davis’s turn to speak on it and, like Gruden, he didn’t outright deny the reports, saying simply “Those rumors come about every year” according to NBC Sports Bay Area.

Aside from Davis and Gruden’s commentary on the reports, some pretty eye opening and thought provoking commentary has come out about it from around the NFL world.

Hopefully all of this has helped you see this situation from various sides, come to a better understanding of exactly where everything stands, and can form an educated opinion on the matter.


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    I think it’s real and I love it
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