Briefs for December 31: Raiders fishing for Gruden

Raiders news: Oakland fires head coach Jack Del Rio

Raiders news: Oakland fires head coach Jack Del Rio

And if Gruden does return to Oakland, he may be bringing another familiar face with him.

The idea that Gruden will flame out is as reckless as saying he's going suddenly make them into Super Bowl favorites.

Said ESPN employee Gruden to ESPN: "I don't want to sit here and speculate". An ownership stake, and the seniority bestowed by such a thing, is a lot to offer a guy whose best coaching days largely passed before I was old enough to buy my own drinks!

The Raiders' season is almost over. Sure that's not bad, but it seems odd that any team would go to these lengths to bring him back now.

Egypt says 10 killed in attack on Coptic church
They have long complained of discrimination in the Muslim-majority nation and that authorities don't do enough to protect them. The police conscript who had stood alongside Farag and the other doormen behind the massive gates was killed by gunfire.

An ownership source said owners might not be so quick to approve the deal, because they wouldn't want to establish a precedent. With at least another year in Oakland and a future that consists of playing in a still-undetermined location for 2019 and Las Vegas as soon as 2020, the Raiders need sizzle and excitement - far more than what bringing Marshawn Lynch out of retirement did in 2017.

Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden shouts instructions during their 16-13 overtime loss to the New England Patriots in an AFC Divisional playoff game in Foxboro, Mass. Saturday, Jan. 19, 2002.

The Jack Del Rio-led Raiders looked like they were on the rise after making the playoffs last season.

There have been rumors of Gruden returning to the sideline in the past. I was supposed to be going to Tampa last week ...

Giants to interview Jim Schwartz for head coaching job
Spagnuolo is expected to get an interview, but he is not believed to be a serious candidate for the full-time position. ESPN reports that the Giants will interview Schwartz next week while the Eagles are on their first-round playoff bye.

As such, fans shouldn't be surprised if huge changes that include Gruden taking over at the controls happen as early as Monday regardless of Sunday's outcome against the Chargers. It would make sense that the team has been trying to correct that mistake ever since.

So, is Gruden the next man up for the Raiders?

Though he doesn't have coaching experience, it's hard to overlook the personal connection he has with Gruden.

That's not to say that Gruden would not fair far better than Shell's 2-14 mark in 2006 - because he will.

Whatsapp To Stop Operating On Some Smartphones From January 1st
The messaging app became unavailable on Nokia phones running Symbian S60, from June 30, 2017. The Android versions that no longer work with WhatsApp were released in 2009 and 2010.

The reasons for the Buccaneers deciding to keep coach Dirk Koetter possibly are becoming clearer. And more importantly, is that the right call? Gruden and Jack Del Rio actually share the same agent - talk about awkward - and there's a good chance Gruden doesn't want to talk about the job unless Del Rio is 100 percent out of the picture.

Recommended News

  • LaLiga: Atletico Madrid officially unveil Diego Costa

    LaLiga: Atletico Madrid officially unveil Diego Costa

    A partnership with Griezmann has got many excited, but Costa is confident he can play alongside any of Atleti's strikers. Diego Costa has finally been unveiled as an Atletico Madrid player after his departure from Chelsea.
    Manchester City lose Kevin De Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus to injuries

    Manchester City lose Kevin De Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus to injuries

    I admire Roy, at 70, to have the energy to put in front of the players, to have the adrenalin to know what's going to happen. Asked whether City will make a move when the transfer window reopens on January 1, Guardiola said: "I don't know".
    We need wins - Silva

    We need wins - Silva

    Carlos Carvalhal says Swansea City took their first steps to Premier League survival after coming from behind to beat Watford 2-1 on Saturday to move off the foot of the table.
  • Chelsea hopeful of tying Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois to new deals

    Chelsea hopeful of tying Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois to new deals

    Hazard has scored eight times and assisted a further eight goals for Chelsea in all competitions so far this season. These are private conversations that the player, the agent of the player must have with the club".

    Conte thanks Chelsea for a great 2017 after demolishing Stoke

    Chelsea moved 13 points behind leader Manchester City , which plays Crystal Palace on Sunday. To be able to do this on your first chance, I will remember this year forever".
    New Zealand welcomes 2018 with fireworks

    New Zealand welcomes 2018 with fireworks

    Security measures are ramped up across Turkey, which was hit by a New Year's attack a year ago that killed dozens in Istanbul. Following a large laser countdown, almost 3,000 shots were fired off Auckland's iconic Sky Tower in a near-six minute show.
  • Apple apologizes for secretly slowing older iPhones

    Apple apologizes for secretly slowing older iPhones

    In a letter to customers this week, the company had said it will replace batteries of old iPhone at discounted price starting in late January.
    Arsenal concede late to draw at West Brom

    Arsenal concede late to draw at West Brom

    Asked what Dean said to Cech in reply, the keeper said: "Nothing". "That's why I questioned his decision, he didn't see it". Wenger overtook former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson's mark of 810 games in the Premier League .
    Virtual currencies are like Ponzi schemes

    Virtual currencies are like Ponzi schemes

    Bitcoin values in NY , for instance, have soared almost 1,600 per cent over the past year and now range upwards of $15,000. The VCs don't have any intrinsic value and are not backed by any kind of assets. "VCs are neither currencies nor coins".
  • Steelers inactives for game vs. Browns

    Steelers inactives for game vs. Browns

    The Steelers need to beat the Browns and have the Jets defeat the Patriots to secure home field advantage throughout the playoffs. In Browns fashion, Pittsburgh drove 75 yards right down the field for a touchdown, moving the score to 21-7.
    Cairo shooting: Gunman opens fire at Coptic Church in Egypt's capital

    Cairo shooting: Gunman opens fire at Coptic Church in Egypt's capital

    Islamic militants have for years battled security forces in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula in an insurgency now led by IS. Police protection for Coptic churches has increased ahead of Coptic Christmas , which is celebrated on January 7.
    Modi speaks of 'freeing Muslim women from injustices'

    Modi speaks of 'freeing Muslim women from injustices'

    The guiding force for "New India' would be peace and unity", he added. Such a thing has never happened before in the history of India. The year 2017 has been special for both ASEAN and India.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.