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The Oakland Raiders are set to bring aboard Jon Gruden as the next head coach, which has shifted the focus toward his relationship with Pro Bowl quarterback Derek Carr.

Gruden had immediate success in Tampa and after a 12-4 regular season the Buccaneers went on to win their first Super Bowl title.

Gruden was head coach of the Raiders from 1998 until 2001 when he was traded to the Buccaneers.

The Raiders have been locked in on Gruden - who has been out of coaching since 2008 - as reports surfaced of a reunion last weekend.

Gruden is scheduled to be in the booth for a playoff game on Saturday in Kansas City, Mo., between the Chiefs and the Tennessee Titans. Gruden's title came in his first season in Tampa Bay with a historically great defense put together by his predecessor, Tony Dungy.

That led to the decision to fire Del Rio following his third season and go hard after Gruden. Gruden obviously knows offense, but in his first run as a head coach he was over-reliant on veterans over younger players. So Davis deserves credit for reeling in his man after others had failed to entice him.

Owner Mark Davis hopes that will all change now that he has finally lured Gruden back for a second stint as the team's coach.

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Gruden told ESPN earlier this week that he had a good talk with Davis about returning to the organization and believed there was a "good chance" it would happen.

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Fellow Oakland coach Steve Kerr said he was thrilled for Gruden, but also noted that it was a lot more than he is making.

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