Like clockwork, the yearly rumors of Jon Gruden's departure from the ESPN booth to coaching are starting up in full force once again. In 2012, the sheer number of reports and rumors circling around Gruden have been more voluminous than ever before. (Putting to doubt the "exclusivity" of that exclusive five year contract Gruden signed with ESPN, naturally.) Everyone with a league source from the NFL to Pop Warner has Gruden returning to coaching next year.
It's becoming more and more clear that Gruden will leave the ESPN booth sooner rather than later. If this is indeed the last days of Gruden's ESPN tenure in the Monday Night booth, ESPN is already planning a successor. From Richard Deitsch at Sports Illustrated, the leading candidate appears to be Trent Dilfer...no comments