It was a fun final game for the McDonough/Gruden combination, and whoever ESPN tabs to fill the role will nearly certainly not do the job like Gruden did, for (mostly) better and for worse.
Gruden repeatedly rebuffed McDonough's attempts to bring up the return to coaching, delighting Twitter, where many viewers sensed palpable tension between the two broadcasters.
"It's an emotional and bittersweet day for our "Monday Night Football" family as today we say goodbye to coach Jon Gruden after nine very distinguished years", McDonough said before the game.
NFL Media reported earlier this week Gruden already has plans to hire Rams quarterbacks coach Greg Olson as his offensive coordinator, Bengals defensive coordinator Paul Guenther for the same role in Oakland, and Cowboys special teams coach Rich Bisaccia as special teams coordinator. Gruden spent seven seasons as the Bucs coach, but was sacked following the 2008 season after a 9-7 season. "But I know you're looking forward to getting back to coaching. We congratulate you as you head back to the sidelines with the Raiders". "Nothing's official yet, but these Chiefs fans have been on my case since I've got here".
He last coached for the Silver & Black when the Raiders lost to the New England Patriots in the infamous "Tuck Rule Game", and was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers shortly after.
He has been with ESPN since 2009.