Jack Del Rio Fired by Mark Davis After Raiders' Loss to Chargers

Jack Del Rio's run with the Raiders is over after three years.

Raiders owner Mark Davis informed Del Rio after Sunday's 30-10 loss to the Chargers that he has been fired as head coach.

"Spoke with Mark Davis after the game and Mark let me know that he's not going to be bringing me back. He told me he loved me and appreciated all that I did to get this program going in the right direction but that he felt the need to change. I told him I appreciated the opportunity he gave me and I mean that. Very grateful. My childhood team. But it's a results based business, I understand that.," Del Rio told the media.

The news of Del Rio's firing comes a day after a report surfaced that the Raiders are planning to make a lucrative offer to former head coach and current ESPN analyst Jon Gruden.

Raiders players were caught off guard by the news of Del Rio's firing.

"We didn't see this coming. We were getting ready for what's next," Derek Carr told reporters.

About two hours after the conclusion of the game, the Raiders made the firing official and Davis released the following statement:

"We appreciate Jack's effort in building the foundation of this team for the future. Thank you to Jack, his wife, Linda, and his daughter, Aubrey, for their important contributions to the Raiders and our local community in Oakland. We wish them all the best," Davis said.

In three seasons with the Raiders, Del Rio compiled a 25-23 record. After leading Oakland to the playoffs last season, expectations for the Raiders were sky-high. But their loss on Sunday in Los Angeles capped off a disappointing 6-10 season.

Coming off last year's success, Del Rio signed a four-year contract extension in February.

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