Mike Ditka: Jon Gruden faces 'helluva challenge' with Oakland Raiders

Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin shown at left with former Michigan star Marlin Jackson is reportedly receiving interest from Oakland

Davis said he has been dreaming of pairing Gruden with general manager Reggie McKenzie since taking over the franchise in 2011, after his father's death.

Whoever it is, they'll embark on a mission with Gruden who has "unfinished business" with the Raiders.

Jon Gruden hopes he'll finally get the chance to meet Marshawn Lynch now that he's coach of the Oakland Raiders. Which is exactly what Mark Davis did by offering a steep price with 10 years to go with it.

Gruden's expected hiring has been the worst-kept secret in the National Football League after the Raiders fired coach Jack Del Rio following the team's Week 17 loss.

"Mark came to me a few weeks ago and asked me if I had any intentions of coaching".

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The Oakland Raiders have turned to an old face to try to inspire their team after a disappointing season, hiring Jon Gruden for a second stint in charge. "We are going to work great together". He struggled to a 15-33 record in the Big Easy, with his tenure perhaps best known for the trade of an entire draft's worth of picks (plus first- and third-rounders the next year) for the right to draft running back Ricky Williams fifth overall in 1999.

"No", he said. "We've stolen his plays, so that's more what it is".

Does Gruden have a lot of pieces in place for a quick turnaround? Paul Gunther will leave the Bengals to become the Raiders new defensive coordinator.

Earlier, FL Network Insider Ian Rapoport said that the Raiders were preparing a 10-year contract which is expected to eclipse $100 million. If it wasn't about making Gruden the head coach, the conversations were always centered on what can be done to make the team better. "I can't wait to get started". If he is, ESPN would likely have to shell out quite a lot of money to get him.

Penn said Gruden definitely brings a spark.

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"You know, the reality is I haven't changed much at all since 1998, I really haven't. So bringing that in, it's going to trickle down through the building".

Jack Del Rio is a fine coach, and he did a great job reworking an Oakland defense that struggled mightily before his arrival. "This is something I feel deeply, strongly about and I'm going to do everything I can to hire a great coaching staff and put the Raiders back on track". And we have to improve the way we play.

Penn echoed Carr's comments after the season finale that the new coach his getting a bunch of hungry dogs.

Fans lined up outside the headquarters with Chucky dolls, Super Bowl posters and their team attire hours before the Noon presser. It's been a while since we've consistently performed at a high level ... "I have not coached since 2008". We'll talk about his future and the Raiders.

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