Jay Gruden is hoping for a swift return to a coaching role, and would be open to joining his brother Jon at the Oakland Raiders.

Gruden was fired by the Washington Redskins – who on Wednesday appointed former Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera – early in the season following five straight defeats.

He has been out of work since then, though with several head coaches either already fired or set to be relieved of their duties following the end of the regular season, Gruden is eager to return.

However, Gruden will only consider a job which he feels is the right fit for him culturally, whether that is as a head coach or as an offensive coordinator.

"It's a pretty unique feeling [when you are fired]," Gruden told the Rap Sheet podcast. "You wake up at the same time in the morning ready to go to work but you don't have work to go to.

"I'm itching to do something. You definitely miss the camaraderie of the players, the coaches. You've just got to get used to it and wait for your next opportunity.

"We'll see what happens. There's going to be some changes made. Hopefully I'll be in a position to talk to some owners and get another opportunity as head coach.

"I could take a year off if I don't get that opportunity I'm looking for, we'll have to see what's available. Some of these jobs aren't easy.

"You have to make sure you look at the right player. Whether it's coordinator or head coach you've got to make sure you mesh with the people that you're working with."

The possibility of Gruden linking up with his brother Jon – who is head coach of the Raiders – has been touted, though he does not think a move is likely while his sibling has a full complement of staff.

"He's not got any job openings right now. If anything comes at a later time then I'd have to look at it," Gruden said.

"You want to make sure you work with people you know have the same core values that you have, work hard and are loyal. I know Jon fits all of that criteria, so he'd be a great guy to work for."

While Gruden is frustrated with how things ended with the Redskins, he acknowledged he expected to be fired.

"I was kind of ready for it. I knew it was going to happen," he added. "We didn't have any success, we were 0-5 at the time and there was frustration on both sides.

"Some changes had to be made and they made them. I was frustrated with the injuries and our best players never playing. We parted ways, all in good spirits and I'm ready to move on."

Jon Gruden revelled in a "signature game" from Clelin Ferrell as the Oakland Raiders won a dramatic AFC West contest against the Los Angeles Chargers.

The Raiders' defense came to the fore in a 26-24 home win on Thursday, a second straight victory moving Gruden's squad to 5-4 for the season and keeping them in the playoff hunt.

Ferrell was a surprise selection at number four overall in the 2019 NFL Draft and had only registered one sack – in Week 1 – in his first seven games.

But he exploded for 2.5 sacks on Philip Rivers, who was taken down five times, fumbled once and threw three interceptions – two of which were made by Erik Harris - after being harassed all evening.

Gruden feels Ferrell's moment in the spotlight was long overdue based on his performances in the first half of the season.

"Sack totals are driving me nuts - he does a lot more than just rush the passer," Gruden said of Ferrell, who had five total pressures as well as eight combined tackles.

"He made some great plays against the run. It was a signature game for him, obviously, but it's great for him to get some sacks.

"Any time you play a great quarterback like Philip Rivers or [Matthew] Stafford or any of these guys, if you let 'em stand back there you're in trouble. I thought we had a good rush, great energy.

"We were short-handed, we didn't have [Josh] Mauro, Arden Key broke his foot, we only had seven D-linemen. I credit [defensive co-ordinator] Paul Guenther, he did a hell of a job with the scheme. Really good work.

"Cle Ferrell and the pass rush showed up and you can't say enough about Erik Harris and the secondary."

Maxx Crosby also shone as he racked up 10 pressures, the most of any Raiders defender since 2016, prompting Ferrell to give the duo a nickname.

"Salt and pepper, baby. Salt and pepper!" he shouted to reporters. "The game needed flavour, so we gave it to 'em."

And Crosby added: "A lot of people have been doubting us and we just have been working every single day. It was great, we just got to keep doing it every single week.

"Rivers is a great quarterback and the thing with him is you got to be in his face all game and try to get him flustered. We just kept coming all game until the final whistle blew – it was a big win."

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