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Rumor Control: Raiders Are Not Pursuing Jon Gruden…Yet

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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  • David Echard

    If they don’t win another game this year, you can bet Allen is good as gone. Regardless of the personnel. 3-13 is a Disaster!

  • Derrick Webb

    Why fire Allen???? Oh yeah he……what’s the word for it……SUCKS!!!!!!

  • Derrick Webb

    Please get Chucky back, the nation loves him and he loves the Silver & Black!

  • Oropeza Ant

    Why don’t any of you write articles with inside info/insight and not just obvious opinions ? Truly weak.

  • Ruth Lange

    No more Chucky! Raiders had enough of this Wimp!!!!

  • Rod Aragon

    Jon – YOU are the only one that can make this team great again.. This is unfinished business for you. YOU brought 2 teams to the Superbowl in 2002. Raider Nation did not blame you for beating the hell out of the Raiders in that game. We all knew better deep down that this was YOUR team facing YOU. YOU knew how to beat them and you did what you had to do. Deep down I know you have a sense of getting back to that game in Silver and Black and winning it the way you wanted to the first time.
    Raider Nation is waiting for you!