With Black Monday upon us, one of the more popular names on the coaching free agent market has surfaced again: ESPN analyst Jon Gruden, who will reportedly be willing to interview with teams for their head coaching jobs now that the season has finished according to CBS.
Gruden has been tied to a number of jobs over the last month in both the college and pro ranks, ranging from the University of Tennessee, to the Oakland Raiders (Gruden's old job), to seemingly every other potentially open position imaginable. But with all of the college jobs drying up (barring a coach leaving for a position in the NFL), Gruden's only recourse is the NFL, which is going to have a lot of openings in the next couple of days.
Gruden's discussions with teams are a staunch about-face from his public comments about being happy with ESPN for the long haul. Gruden signed a five-year contract extension with ESPN that began in September, and at the time, everyone seemed a little shocked that Gruden would seemingly take a step back from the endless coaching rumors related to him. Of course, before the extension even went into effect, Gruden mentioned that he'd return to coaching for the right opportunity. Could the Eagles, Chargers, or one of the host of other attractive teams in the market for a new coach be one of those right opportunities for Gruden? We'll see, but I think it's now a matter of when and not if this guy leaves the Monday Night Football booth.
Gruden and Switzer share something in common; they were both handed Superbowl victories by former coaches.
I really hope that is true. Dilfer would be WAY better than Gruden. A cat puking all game would be better than Gruden.
remember Dennis Miller? OMG...funniest thing he every said was about Zak Thomas "he's running around like a Chinese acrobat with an inner ear infection...love trent dilfer though
@awfulannouncing FWIW, Dan Pompei tweeted earlier today after these reports were out that Gruden was "leaning" towards staying with ESPN.
@awfulannouncing Gruden fell into a Super Bowl Championship team and has been riding the wave ever since. Without a great team, average.
@thebowershow RT @awfulannouncing: Jon Gruden may be on his way back to the NFL according to reports. http://t.co/d9KbXlfg
if the heads at espn were smart and they're obviously not in my opinion..they would hire Gus Johnson. But coming from a network that thinks talking about the Jets 24/7 is a smart idea they have no clue.
Jon, I read that Trent Dilfer would likely be next in line for the MNF gig, should Gruden leave for any reason.
Why would he want to? TV is a good gig. MT @awfulannouncing You may want to sit down...Jon Gruden will interview. http://t.co/JGi7HdTm
@BenHardy22 True - it would have to be where he can be in charge, that's for sure. Bears, maybe? :-)
@darinrutledge Maybe here but Bears upper management live in the stone ages. Not outside the box thinkers.
@BenHardy22 Report around here today was McCaskeys wanted to win SB before Virginia died. No shit. Reported by Peggy Kuzinski NBC5 Chicago
@darinrutledge I like Andy Reid. He's be a good choice IMO. Coaches with some fire, we need that. And great guy.
@BenHardy22 Actually, I don't think Andy Reid would be a bad option. Lots of talk abt Chip Kelly to NFL, but I don't think Bears would fit.
@darinrutledge To be honest I'm ecstatic that we got rid of Lovie. I could care less who they hire as long as its not from within..like Tice
@BenHardy22 Yeah, I doubt it would happen ... just trying to get the hairs standing up on the back of your neck. :-)