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Raiders fire head coach Jack Del Rio after disappointing 6-10 finish

Apr 28 2011 New York NY USA ESPN analyst Jon Gruden during the 2011 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports
Eugene Bates | 01 January, 2018, 03:36

After signing a contract extension last offseason, Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio has been fired.

Del Rio made the announcement himself after Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Del Rio, in his third year running the Raiders, saw the team take a massive step back after a 12-win season in 2016.

Del Rio's firing comes one day after ESPN reported the Raiders were pursuing former National Football League coach and current ESPN broadcaster Jon Gruden as their coach and were offering an ownership stake to entice him.

Davis has always been intrigued about a second stint with Gruden but it seemed unlikely the franchise would be in for another change heading into this season.

Davis' decision to part ways with Del Rio also gives credence to the "grumors" that began swirling on Saturday night that Davis wanted to bring Jon Gruden back to the organization. Derek Carr suffered an injury, the whole team basically regressed and the defense did not get any better.

Gruden coached the Raiders from 1998 through 2001, posting a 38-26 mark.

JDR announces that he will not be returning as head coach next year.

They were the upstarts past year and were hot going into the playoffs until Derek Carr busted his ankle.

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