Jared Cook

Gruden cloud hangs over Raiders after Del Rio firing

The Oakland Raiders players took their exit physicals, packed up their lockers and said their goodbyes.

A season that started with Super Bowl expectations ended with coach Jack Del Rio getting fired after a six-win season, sending the team into another offseason of uncertainty.

Already the speculation has turned to Jon Gruden returning to Oakland for a second stint as coach, with ESPN reporting that Gruden is expected to be the team's next coach.

"It's exciting," said linebacker NaVorro Bowman, who called Del Rio a great coach. "You know what he's done in the past. You know that he understands the game of football, both sides, and he has studied the...