Now that Jack Del Rio is gone, should the Raiders really hire Jon Gruden?

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Colin Cowherd welcomes in Danny Kanell, Tony Gonzalez and Charlie Weis to discuss the Oakland Raiders potentially hiring Jon Gruden after firing Jack Del Rio.

- Colin, is this a smart move by Oakland?

- I'm not sure if it is. 10 years is a long time to be away from any industry. I mean, just-- just think about tech in our lives. 10 years ago, they just introduced the GPS. OK? The GPS is the 400th biggest tech tool in my life now. The game has changed. Tight ends weren't used as much 10 years ago. We had fullbacks. We had huddles. People are more mobile now, it's hard to retain your staff. The culture of football-- baseball tends to look in the rear view mirror. Football is the opposite. There's a bravado that you pick up stuff first, you change stuff. There's been a lot of changes.

Wasn't Joe Gibbs gone a few years? He came back and he really struggled to adapt. I think it's a real risky move here.

- I think it's a reach when you look at what they're willing to give up and what they're going to pay him to be their next head coach. And a guy-- and I don't like to use the term overrated, because he does have a Super Bowl behind his name, but that Super Bowl came with Tony Dungy's defense running the Tampa 2, and as much as he gets credit for developing quarterbacks, he won that Super Bowl with Brad Johnson, who was a game manager at the position.

- He was.

- If you're the Raiders, and you're willing to give up ownership, to do all these-- to move all these parts, to bring Jon Gruden there, why didn't you go after, maybe, Pete Carroll? Why not Sean Payton? If you're offering this type, you're backing up the truck, why don't you go and shoot the true home run of somebody who's been in the league--

- Yes.

- --in recent, recent years and had success there? Because I think if you're willing to do that, those coaches would pick up the phone and listen.

- Yeah.

- My answer is juice. I mean, Gruden's got juice. You know? He reinvented himself on ESPN. Remember, when you get fired, it isn't it because everyone likes you. I mean, the players don't like you, your coaches don't like you, the fans don't like you. No one likes you. And then he got into ESPN. Now all of a sudden he's the quarterback guru. I don't know if he ever coached a young quarterback in his whole career. But now he's got all the answers for those young quarterbacks right there, and they all love him because he's got stick, you know?

- Yeah.

- When he's in there he's got that whole deal he's got. So right now, I think that the Raiders are looking at it as a guy who loved Oakland when he was there, could sell tickets. I mean, who knows? He might have a part ownership of a casino when they get to Las Vegas. We don't know what they're giving him.

- Yeah.

- I'm sure if he's going there, they're offering him the moon. The question is what truly are they getting in return?

- That's a very good question.

- Well, if I'm him, I would do it. If they're giving me-- I don't know. I really don't believe the ownership stuff. I think that's-- that's poppycock. I'm not buying into it. But it's been done before. Dick Vermeil showed that you can take some years off. He was around the game the whole time, calling the games, and he's connected to the game. You watch him, he does all that-- Gruden's camp and quarterbacks-- he's friends with the guy. We heard that he's got a great relationship with the quarterback out there and Carr.

It's a great situation to do it. If he has ever, ever considered actually coming out of retirement and coaching, this is the best situation for him. Because he-- it is primed and ready. This has got to be a coaching dream. And Davis, the owner, he loves him. He loves him.

- You know what signalled this might really be happening? When Tampa announced that Cutter was staying.

- Mhm.

- Mhm.

- Why all of a sudden? All of a sudden, Tampa is closed. Tampa is going to open. That's where he's going. He's going to Tampa, he lives in Tampa. But all of a sudden, you know, they're not on the market anymore. Why did that happen? Maybe because he told them I wasn't going-- he's not going there. And he's going somewhere else. I mean, it didn't happen by accident.

- You know, it is interesting. I always felt Gruden has a Nick Saban quality. He wears people out. But by the time you want to strangle Nick, you graduate and go to the NFL. It's why he's perfect in college. I worked in Tampa. Now, I didn't work there when Jon did, I worked there when Tony Dungy did. But when I left-- I have a lot of friends there, and they all told me, to Charlie's point, the players hated Gruden, the executives did, the front office, the coaches, he wore people out. So I always thought he was perfectly suited for college. But I think Jon sees himself as an NFL--

- I don't think he's-- I think he would have been a disaster at the college level. I just don't think he would have dealt with the recruiting, the travel--

- Boosters.

- All of it. I don't think he would have worked. You said something about the 10 years off, because I think that's the initial reactions-- people are going to say oh my goodness, that's way too long to be out of the game. But I think the fact that he actually was involved and that--

So I got a quick story for you. So I did a whole season of college football games with ESPN, and then I got bounced for the bowl game. It was the Outback Bowl. Because it was in Tampa, and because Gruden could do it in his backyard. So my entire crew-- producer, director, they all did the game with Gruden. And I got back and I was like how was it. And they looked at me-- and they looked at me like I was the laziest guy on the planet, because they said Gruden had made-- had set up meetings with them, had burned a DVD of highlights of plays that the teams had done-- both teams, he had watched both games-- given them an hour-long breakdown which he dictated, and basically told them what schemes to look out for throughout the game.

Football is in his blood. I think he has been studying the game as a student of the game. But I would I would be curious to you because I think there are some significant differences. They're doing more college concepts, you're seeing those aspects creep into the game. Do you-- are you concerned about the tenures?

- See, like in my case, I've had people in the last three years offer me jobs. And I've almost felt like I'm almost better suited to go somewhere as, like, an assistant head coach on offense, grooming-- being there for an offensive coordinator, maybe who's not quite ready yet-- but somebody who can feed them. Because somebody who knows the game inside and out but can complement today's game-- because in three years the game's changed a lot.

- It has.

- It's not the same just-- let's line up and I right with the fullback off set and do a play-action pass and pop it to the tight end down the middle of the field, versus 2 Tampa. I mean, it's not just that simple anymore.

- Yeah.

- This is PT Barnum. I'm sorry. I went and saw the greatest showman. This-- what a hire for him. I mean, you get this guy going to Vegas. He is a sucker born every minute. This is who you want at the helm. This is why they're going to do it, too.

- No, I buy into that a lot.

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