The Raiders are parting ways with head coach Jack Del Rio after three seasons, as reported by our own Levi Damien from StubHub Center in Carson following the Raiders’ 30-10 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.
Jack Del Rio said he’s been fired.— Levi Damien (@LeviDamien) January 1, 2018
“I spoke with Mark Davis after the game and Mark let me know he’s not going to be bringing me back,” said Del Rio in his postgame press conference.
“He told me he loved me and appreciated all I did to put this program in the right direction. He told me he wanted to make a change. I told him how much I appreciated the opportunity he gave me. I mean that. Very grateful. They’re my childhood team, but it’s a results business and I understand that.”
Del Rio is well-respected around the league and will surely land on his feet, though with what team and in what capacity remains to be seen. Oakland’s future at head coach may just be less cloudy.
Del Rio’s firing comes amid rumors that the team will be pursuing current Monday Night Football commentator and former Raiders coach Jon Gruden for their head coaching position, and one has to think this will pave the way for Gruden to come back to the Raiders if he so chooses.