The first coaching change in the NFL happened on Monday night: the Las Vegas Raiders and coach Jon Gruden are parting ways in the wake of new emails from Gruden's past showed he used misogynistic and anti-gay language over several years while employed by ESPN on top of the previously known racist email about NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith. The New York Times broke news of the new emails on Monday. According to multiple reports, Gruden has informed his staff that he will resign in the fourth season of a 10-year contract worth a reported $100 million.
"I have resigned as Head Coach of the Las Vegas Raiders," Gruden said in a statement. "I love the Raiders and do not want to be a distraction. Thank you to all the players, coaches, staff, and fans of Raider Nation. I'm sorry, I never meant to hurt anyone."
The messages, which also allegedly included pornographic material, were sent to Washington Football Team executive Bruce Allen and revealed as part of an unrelated investigation into that franchise. Gruden and Allen had previously worked together in Oakland and Tampa Bay.
Gruden went 22-31 in his second stint with the Raiders. He is unlikely to be hired to coach another NFL team. As of this writing, it's not clear who will take over with the Silver & Black visiting the fellow 3-2 Denver Broncos on Sunday. Denver had been -3 at Caesars Sportsbook but has since risen to -3.5.
Las Vegas defensive coordinator Gus Bradley has head coaching experience with the Jacksonville Jaguars, going 14-48 from 2013-16. Offensive line coach Tom Cable coached the Raiders to a 17-27 record from 2008-10. Defensive line coach Rod Marinelli coached the Lions to a 10-38 record from 2006-08, including a 0-16 record in 2008.
Some have reported, including ESPN's Suzy Kolber during the Monday Night Football telecast, that special teams coordinator and assistant head coach Rich Bisaccia will take over as interim coach. Oftentimes, the special teams coordinator does do so with in-season firings as it allows the offensive and defensive coordinators to stay focused in their positions. Bisaccia has never been a head coach at the NFL or NCAA levels.