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Report: Raiders talking to Gruden about return

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Former NFL coach Jon Gruden is in talks to return to the Oakland Raiders, Pro Football Weekly reported on Tuesday.

The report comes a day after the current coach, Dennis Allen, left the team to attend the funeral of his father who died Monday.

Early in November, Raiders owner Mark Davis voiced his frustration with the team, which is 3-9 after losing five in a row. In the past week, reports have surfaced about the Allen's job being in jeopardy after one season.

Gruden was probably the most liked coach of the Raiders since Tom Flores retired in 1987. Gruden coached in Oakland from 1998-2001, compiling a 38-26 record after working as the receivers coach for Andy Reid with the Philadelphia Eagles.

He left Oakland in 2002 for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, which he guided to a Super Bowl victory over the Raiders that season. He was traded to the Bucs by late owner Al Davis for two first-round draft picks, two second-round picks and $8 million.

Gruden was fired by the Bucs after the 2008 season after producing only two more playoff trips. He has a 95-81 career head-coaching record.

In 2009, Gruden joined ESPN as a color analyst for Monday Night Football as well as various football specials. He has been sought for a number of coaching positions since then, including the University of Tennessee job, which he publicly turned down last week.
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