Tuesday morning and the rumors continue to surface about who Jon Gruden could be looking at for his Raiders staff. This one involves recent former offensive coordinator, Greg Olson coming back. The other is Bears offensive line coach, Jeremiah Washburn. This according to Sirius XM radio host, Alex Marvez.
Two more names I'm hearing as potential Jon Gruden staff hires: @RamsNFL QBs coach Greg Olson & @ChicagoBears o-line coach Jeremiah Washburn. Gruden had Olson on his @TBBuccaneers staff. @sportingnews— Alex Marvez (@alexmarvez) January 2, 2018
The rumor from Marvez doesn’t mention what position for which each would be considered for, but most likely it would be for offensive coordinator because both are currently employed by teams as position coaches and typically it requires a promotion to get them away from their current teams.
Update: Jeremiah Washburn has been hired as Offensive Line coach by the Miami Dolphins.
Update: Marvez says that Olson’s role would be that of Offensive Coordinator.
He is not the only Offensive Coordinator Gruden is reportedly interested in, though.
Keep in mind, Gruden plans to call the plays.
Olson was the Raiders’ Offensive Coordinator under Dennis Allen in 2013-14 and remained in the position when Tony Sparano took over four games into the 2014 season. He was widely criticized by fans (no surprise there), but considering in his two seasons in Oakland his QB’s were Terrelle Pryor, Matt Flynn, Matt McGloin, and a rookie Derek Carr with little in the way of weapons, it was not at all easy what he was tasked with.
In total, Olson has a combined ten years of NFL experience as an offensive coordinator. He was a QB coach under Jon Gruden in his final season in Tampa in 2008.
Washburn became an Offensive Line coach for the first time last season for the Bears after spending the past 15 years as an NFL assistant for multiple teams.