Raiders Wisely Deny Jon Gruden Coaching Rumors

The Oakland Raiders made a good move to immediately deflect the Jon Gruden rumors.

First, the rumor. According to Hub Arkush of Pro Football Weekly (via Dan Bernstein of

. @hub_arkush of @profootballwkly just told @boers_bernstein that Jon Gruden and the #Raiders are in talks to bring him back to Oakland.

— Dan Bernstein (@dan_bernstein) December 4, 2012  

Second, the denial. Per Paul Gutierrez of CSN California:

#Raiders officially deny "rumor" of talks with #JonGruden. #RaidersTalk

— Paul Gutierrez (@PGutierrezCSN) December 6, 2012  

For as many coaching changes Oakland has seen since Gruden, it's not surprising to see this happen.

Nevertheless, a constant carousel of coaching also makes it tough for the team to build consistency, let alone maintain it. The Raiders haven't seen much success since the days of Gruden—no Oakland coach has lasted even three full seasons (Tom Cable, 44 games between 2008 and 2010).

Therefore, despite Dennis Allen's rough 3-9 start, another coaching change would only set Oakland back once again.

Yes, Gruden had success with the Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. However, he has been out of coaching since 2008, and nothing is ever guaranteed.

Obviously, though, Gruden's overall resume speaks volumes, and he's arguably the most popular former coach not on the sidelines right now. That said, why bother going through the process of hiring someone such as Allen after the 2011 season?

Well, per Bill Williamson of

Gruden is an analyst for ESPN’s “Monday Night Football.” He made this recent statement about him and several rumored jobs: "I don't have time to get into all that stuff. I like what I'm doing and I'm just trying to hang on to the job I have. Let's leave it at that."

In other words, if ...

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