Black Monday: NFL Firings In Oakland, Indy, Detroit, Chicago

Oakland Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio reacts during a news conference after an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Chargers Sunday Dec. 31 2017 in Carson Calif

"Today was kind of a microcosm of our season", Del Rio said after the Raiders' 30-10 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday.

Jon Gruden hopes he's a candidate to return for a second stint as coach of the Oakland Raiders and believes a final decision will be made next week. Because of this, there is now some talk that Del Rio may be fired at the end of the season.

In his first two seasons as the Raiders head coach, Del Rio was seen as a messiah of sorts, taking a team that had a total of eleven wins over the course of the three years before, to a team with a 7-9 record in 2016 and an even better 12-4 in 2016.

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Gruden can not come out and say what's been widely reported - he is leaving ESPN for the Raiders job - but he did at least acknowledge the fact he is up for the job. He said, "I understand it's a results business". I take a lot every year from coaches, some others.

"[The Chiefs] played my brother [Jay] on Monday Night Football once, too", Gruden explained, "so there will be some awkward moments and we're probably going to laugh a little bit about it, but that'll be cool".

One ownership source told ESPN that the owners "might not be so quick to approve the deal" because they wouldn't want to set a precedent. "My understanding is they're interviewing candidates this week, and they're going to let everybody know sometime early next week or whenever they make their decision". From the announcement that the team would be relocating to Las Vegas, to first round pick Gareon Conley's legal issues, Donald Penn's holdout, letting Bill Musgrave go and handing a powerful offense to a rookie offensive coordinator in Todd Downing, and Derek Carr's broken back, there certainly were enough distractions to overcome. "I'm here to help people". He has frequently been rumored to fill coaching vacancies, pro and college, since his firing by Tampa Bay after the 2008 season.

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