There's nothing unusual about NFL coaches losing their jobs at the end of the regular season, but Sunday (Dec. 31) saw something strange happen at the post-game press conference for the Oakland Raiders. After losing the season finale 30 -10 to the LA Chargers, Jack Del Rio addressed the media and informed them of his own firing. Usually, it is the team general manager, owner or spokesman that makes such an announcement.
Despite the oddity of announcing your own dismissal, it isn't very surprising that the Raiders are moving on from Del Rio. After going 7-9 in his first year, Del Rio led the 2016 Raiders to a 12-4 record an their first playoff appearance in 14 years. After battling injuries all year, the Raiders finished this season with a disappointing 6-10 record.
Another factor in the decision is the Raiders pending move to Las Vegas. 2018 will most likely be the Raiders last in Oakland, and a coaching change could keep the fans interest for next year. Some reports are saying that the Raiders are targeting current ESPN analyst and former Raiders coach John Gruden.