He told me he loved me and appreciated all that I did to kind of get this program going the right direction, but that he felt the need to change. "But I knew this team and this brotherhood, and I owed it to all my coaches and all my teammates". I mean that. Very grateful. But, it's a results business.
"I appreciate the players and coaches and all the hard work, all the effort and energy". Del Rio became head coach in January 2015 and won 25 games and lost 23 in three seasons, including a 6-10 season this year.
It remains to be seen how much control Gruden might be given over personnel decisions, and how it could impact the Raiders' draft plans this offseason.
Morton was promoted to senior offensive assistant with the Raiders in 2002, a year after Gruden had moved onto the Tampa Bay Buccaneers - and the last time Oakland made the Super Bowl. He was sacked by the Buccaneers following the 2008 season and has been in the broadcast booth since then.
The Daily News reported if Gruden does go to Oakland he might try to recruit Jets offensive coordinator John Morton to go with him and that NY will not stand in his way. According to Bair, Davis "played coy" when asked about Gruden.
Still, Gruden has reportedly already started lining up a coaching staff.
That wasn't enough to save his job. Yeah, sometimes owners. Guys want to bounce ideas off me.
"It was a stressful, stressful time but I'm glad we were able to get it done", Adams said in a video posted to his personal iPhone app. "Can't disagree with that".
Vikings without rookie center Pat Elflein against Bears
It was one of seven penalties for 91 yards whistled against Chicago in the first half, compared to just 53 yards of offense. Latavius Murray scored his first of two 1-yard touchdown runs about six minutes into the game.
Expectations were high coming into this season with Carr and most of the key offensive pieces back, along with the addition of running back Marshawn Lynch and tight end Jared Cook. In reality, they would not have fired Del Rio if they weren't confident they could land Gruden.
Pro Football Weekly will have more on this developing story soon.
Del Rio finished his stint in Oakland with 25-23 regular-season record.
The Raiders' six-win dropoff was the second-largest in franchise history from one season to the next.
"It's tough", cornerback Sean Smith said. "I couldn't leave them hanging".
Vea, in the team's worst-kept secret, confirmed to The Seattle Times that he is planning to hire an agent in the coming days and declare for the National Football League draft. "As a player, we didn't play up to our expectations, and he had to pay the price".