Monday, 17 December, 2018

Raiders relieve Jack Del Rio of coaching duties following Week 17 loss

Chargers sign RB Russell Hansbrough ahead of game vs. Raiders Chargers sign RB Russell Hansbrough ahead of game vs. Raiders
Frederick Owens | 01 January, 2018, 07:52

Davis then put Del Rio in the awkward position of announcing his own firing.

The Chargers swept their season series with their fiercest rivals and earned their fifth straight win at StubHub Center despite a crowd cheering loudly for the Raiders, who played in Los Angeles County for the first time since moving back to Oakland after the 1994 season.

Del Rio deserves credit for his time in charge - before he arrived in Oakland, the Raiders would have looked at a 6-10 season as a positive.

Rich Gannon, Gruden's quarterback from 1998-2001, has maintained a close relationship with his former coach and said in his role as a CBS analyst Sunday the plan was always to return to coaching.

Gruden is beloved in the East Bay, and would energize a local fan base Davis is counting on to fill Oakland Coliseum seats the next two seasons while his new Las Vegas stadium is being built. The Raiders came out triumphant with a score of 34-27, coming out on top of the 1980 season as World Champions when they knocked off the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl XV. I came here eight weeks ago and we've all been working toward a common goal. It also was the first game since Del Rio talked to his team about playing with more urgency. Then he said that Davis had fired him. "There is no news to report", Gruden said Saturday.

Gruden never gave the Raiders a second thought in 2012 and 2014 because he has little interest in a rebuilding project.

The Raiders had a breakthrough season in 2016 with 12 wins, but it ended in disappointment when a broken leg for quarterback Derek Carr in Week 16 cost the Raiders a chance at a division title and led to a first-round playoff loss.

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Welcome to the final week of the National Football League regular season.

This year...ugh. Carr wasn't great. Del Rio had been the ninth coach in Oakland since Gruden left but the only one to get the team to the playoffs.

MARSHAWN'S MILESTONES: Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch has money on the line in the season finale. "We wish them all the best".

The Raiders had major drops in scoring (26 to 18.8), yards per game (373.3 to 324.1) and committed twice as many turnovers (14 to 28) this season as Carr took a major step back in his development after signing a $125 million, five-year extension in the offseason. Melvin Gordon is not 100 percent right now, but he says that he will play in the contest.

It wasn't exclusively Del Rio's fault, but he was the man in charge of a squandered season and did little to provide hope amid a disappointing campaign. This was the first time in 2017 where he averaged over 8.0 yards per attempt and did not win the ball game.

"It's tough", cornerback Sean Smith said. "As a player, we didn't play up to our expectations, and he had to pay the price".

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