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Rumor Control: Raiders Are Not Pursuing Jon Gruden…Yet

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Calm down Nation. Maintain low tones. There is no reason to get all hot under the helmet just set.

By now you’ve likely heard about or have seen the rumors floating around the interwebs of Oakland’s rumored talks with Jon Gruden about a possibly Chucky reunion in the Bay.

That’s nice and all. No doubt a welcome change as we’ve seen about all we need to know of the current staff. But it’s just not realistic. At least not right now.

For all we know Mark Davis might just have placed a courtesy call to Chucky’s people. Just consider it a once over something along the lines of what Jim Harbaugh did with Peyton Manning this past offseason. Never hurts to know what options might be available. It doesn’t mean a move is imminent. Just means there is the chance of a move occurring if the situation presents itself.

Dennis Allen, sadly enough, is out of town having been by his father’s side as he passed. No need to get into detail why these suddenly surfacing rumors are all kinds of wrong.

No doubt Allen’s seat is warm even if he’s not seated in his East Bay office at the moment. Both Mark Davis and Reggie McKenzie have made it clear that “evaluations” are underway. We all know what that means.

What we don’t know is what types of changes are coming.

Is McKenzie willing to scrap his first ever coaching hire after one failed season? Is Davis making a play from his father’s handbook?

While Mark Davis might be showing some of his dad’s tendencies he’s not about to start running the show the same way as pops. In the past rumors like this wouldn’t have leaked so easily. These new Raiders are much more transparent and if there was backdoor Grudening going on the local beat writers would have got wind of it.

Instead it’s an unfounded rumor first announced on a Chicago radio station.

I’m not saying there is no chance of a Re-Chucky scenario. I’m just saying if it’s going to happen no real talks will begin until the final whistle blows on the season. By then it will be much more than rumor. It will be obvious.

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