The Buccaneers played strong complementary football with Gruden. With the Raiders, he will put in place the right defensive staff and get the team playing hard and fast in all three phases.
There was always a danger in Gruden’s younger days that he would burn out, given how hard he worked to outcoach everyone. After being away for almost a decade (he last coached in 2008), you can bet he will be rejuvenated for the challenge and will appreciate interacting with younger players again on a regular basis. He should have learned well from his weaknesses after being fired by the Buccaneers, and he should have improved upon the strengths that made him the hottest coach in the league.
With all that, though, one of these teams is moving on to the divisional round against one of the two overwhelming Super Bowl favorites, the Steelers or Patriots. Hint: Don’t necessarily be distracted by which has the most heart warming story and the most pulse-pounding finish.
Black Monday did not quite create as many openings as some may have anticipated, with only five coaches starting the new year no longer in a job.
John Fox, Jim Caldwell, Chuck Pagano and Jack Del Rio joined former New York Giants coach Ben McAdoo in unemployment as the Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Indianapolis Colts and Oakland Raiders opted to start fresh.
Bruce Arians called it a career as the Arizona Cardinals coach retired and, with six jobs now available, we rank them in order of which will be the most attractive.
There has been little exciting about the Lions for some time, but they have the pieces to be a serious contender. Quarterback Matthew Stafford is tied to a contract he signed this past offseason and the receiving corps has talent in the form of Marvin Jones, Golden Tate and Kenny Golladay.