The Oakland Raiders relieved Jack Del Rio of his coaching duties after their 30-17 Week 17 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. After going 7-9 in his first year, the team jumped to 12-4 last season and reached the playoffs.
Prior to his role with Oakland, Del Rio had previously served as head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2003-2011, where he was sacked in the middle of the year. I take a lot every year from coaches, some others.
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The foundation, apparently, crumbled in a matter of months. However, the pieces are in place for the Raiders to get back to the consistent success they have maintained throughout most of the franchise's history. That means they finish with a 6-10 record in a season with championship expectations.
They were the upstarts past year and were hot going into the playoffs until Derek Carr busted his ankle.
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In three years in Oakland, Del Rio was 25-23. Other marks, like completion percentage and yards per attempt, saw a dip.
The Raiders are essentially a dead team walking in Oakland, as 2018 could be their last season in the city before moving to Las Vegas, so perhaps firing Del Rio was done with the idea of keeping fans interested in mind.
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Despite a nine-year layoff, Gruden has been putting together a staff behind the scenes and is serious about making a return. Reports indicate the team felt Winston's injury was a major factor in the team's poor performance, not coaching.