Gruden's name surfaces on D.C. radar

With Bruce Allen now hired by the Redskins to serve as the team’s General Manager, far fewer than six degrees of separation are needed to link Jon Gruden to the organization as a potential head coach.

Gruden and Allen worked closely together with the Raiders and the Buccaneers, with Allen serving as the guy who set the table for Gruden.

But Gruden recently signed a much-hyped “exclusive” contract extension with the Redskins, which supposedly will keep him in the Monday Night Football booth for years to come.

Still, it remains unknown whether Gruden’s contract with ESPN prohibits him from leaving to coach a team, or whether he simply has given his word that he’ll rebuff coaching opportunities.  (And the question of whether Gruden’s word can be trusted is a subject on which reasonable NFL and NFL media minds might differ.)

So we asked ESPN — again — whether Gruden’s contract contains a clause that restricts him from terminating the arrangement early in order to return to coaching.

And, just as they did on November 16, ESPN isn’t commenting on the topic.

“We do not comment on contract terms,” ESPN spokesman Bill Hofheimer told me via e-mail this morning.  “We expect to have Jon on Monday Night Football for many years to come with the long-term commitment he has made to ESPN.”

Still, Gruden has said that he’ll “probably” coach again.  Whether that happens before the expiration of his long-term commitment with ESPN remains to be seen.

This much, however, is clear.  Today’s sudden resignation of Vinny Cerrato followed by the sudden hiring of Bruce Allen confirms that NFL teams routinely line up big moves away from the prying eyes of the public or the press.  So if Gruden is going to be the next coach of the Redskins, don’t expect anyone to say anything about it until Jim Zorn has left the building — possibly followed within only a few hours by the announcement that Gruden has arrived.

58 responses to “Gruden's name surfaces on D.C. radar

  1. Jon on Monday Night Football for many years to come with the long-term commitment he has made to ESPN.”
    Hard to detect sarcasm in writing, but there seems to be a bit here.

  2. But Gruden recently signed a much-hyped “exclusive” contract extension with the Redskins.
    I think you mean ESPN.

  3. It’s Redskinapalooza today.
    Danny
    Shanny
    Holmsey
    Chucky (don’t be shy come Monday night)
    Bruceness
    It’s like some half-ass boy band has taken over football in DC.

  4. YES!!!!!
    If they hire Gruden the chances have to be rising rapidly for the release of Morris!!!! Escort his tail right out the front door and off the property!!!

  5. “But Gruden recently signed a much-hyped “exclusive” contract extension with the Redskins, which supposedly will keep him in the Monday Night Football booth for years to come.”
    If Gruden signed an exclusive contract with the Redskins, shouldn’t that be touched on more in the article??
    Whoops!

  6. It has to be Gruden.
    Unless….. Allen is the new GM without Gruden. Allen was the Raiders “GM” once upon a time BEFORE Gruden was ever hired.
    So there remains a strong possiblity that Allen wanted to come back to a football team and his relationship with Snyder and Redskins allowed that to happen. But like I said – he HAS done this job before WITHOUT Gruden.

  7. But Gruden recently signed a much-hyped “exclusive” contract extension with the Redskins,
    Isn’t that ESPN instead of Redskins?

  8. I’ll bet they talked to Chucky first and he said “If you want me, fire Vinny and hire Paul. Otherwise, I’ll continue to annoy the MNF audience.”

  9. I don’t like Gruden. The only reason he won a Superbowl was because he used a team the Tony Dungy built. After he came, they turned into chumps, and couldn’t repeat. Besides,…he will bring all kinds of off the wall QB’s in here. I just don’t like his vibe, and he doesn’t speak well on MNF.

  10. Mike, I dont know if you realize this, but you just said and I quote ” But Gruden recently signed a much-hyped “exclusive” contract extension with the Redskins, which supposedly will keep him in the Monday Night Football booth for years to come.”
    Note the contract extension with the REDSKINS!
    Its bound to happen now!
    HTTR!

  11. If someone knows the answer to this, feel free to enlighten me.
    How did the Skins circumvent the Rooney Rule, which to me is as racist in nature as Affirmative Action? Is it because he has the title of interim GM? Will they have to go through the process of ‘interviewing’ candidates in the offseason to hire Allen once again?

  12. John Gruden’s claim to fame is that he used Tony Dungy’s team to beat his own team, which didn’t show up for the game, in the Superbowl.
    The Redskins should choose someone else.

  13. In order to gain the access he needed to broadcast MNF, Chuckie “signed” an exclusivity contract with ESPN. A sham all the way! Can’t wait for him to come to Ray Jay!

  14. It’s interesting that the media is creating their own story here. I just read Florio’s column a second time and found no sources. Whose radar is it? It’s all idle speculation by media members. It’s interesting to watch the media create a story out of thin air where no story exists.

  15. Get ready for Dan Snyder to break out the Lombardi Trophies he didn’t earn. I hope that this is going to work. I don’t have a problem with this move because at least that it shows that Snyder is willing to put aside his ego and allow someone to run the team.

  16. I don’t like Gruden. The only reason he won a Superbowl was because he used a team the Tony Dungy built.
    ———————-
    He took a team Dungy couldn’t.
    His hellfire and brimstone approach wears off quickly, he is better suited for college.

  17. Is anybody really surprised by JG other than the clueless RedFaced fans that think they will contend immediately(next yr)? The place is a mess and will take some time to set up correctly, that’s IF you have the right pieces ion place. DS’s a win NOW kinda guy and The RedFaced are not a win now team with anybody (Vince Lombardi included) at the helm.

  18. And where is the Monday Night Football Game this week ????????
    Do you all really believe the timing of all that has happened is just a coincidence ????

  19. The ESPN “exclusive” contract mystery is simple – no doubt it simply says he can’t bolt for another media outlet, and no doubt does NOT restrict him for leaving to coach. He’d be a fool to have signed anything else, and there’s no reason that ESPN wouldn’t allow this.. their only concern would be seeing him poached by the likes of NFL Network.
    I’d lay 25-1 that Chucky does indeed become the next Redskins coach.

  20. Quote| But Gruden recently signed a much-hyped “exclusive” contract extension with the Redskins, which supposedly will keep him in the Monday Night Football booth for years to come.
    Honestly, now on the NBC website and television during college games.
    You would think you would at least get someone to proof read these articles!!!
    yesterday some guy things about something instead of thinks and today you write \gruden signed a deal with the skins?

  21. “ImanidiotRSfan”, dude. Have you seen what TB spends on their playaz. They anually lead the league in money NOT spent (lowest payroll). It doesnt matter, Dungy couldnt and Chucky did, so….don’t dog Chucky for doin what nobody else could do. He’s a Super Bowl winning coach period. That’s more than any coach under the tutilage of Danielle&Vinny can say.

  22. i like him on MNF. he makes me laugh and i get a sense that he genuinely loves football.
    his commentary on the NFL, players and teams, is almost always positive. i expect him to be with a team this year or the next- exclusive deal or not.

  23. Great journalism. do you even proofread. Stop trying to be the first to report and get back to being the best to report.

  24. “But Gruden recently signed a much-hyped “exclusive” contract extension with the Redskins…”
    Will he be coaching from the booth like the Sherman twins currently are?

  25. They’d be better off bringing in Bruce Smith.
    AnyWhooooooo…If they plan on winning a Super Bowl shouldn’t they bring in Tony Dungy first so he can build up a good roster for Gruden?
    Hey Dan, When you’re drawing up the contract make sure you put a clause in there that says he cant treat the QB position like a bullpen full relief pitchers.
    How in the hell would Gruden be good for the stability of a floundering franchise? Their defense is well above average now they need an offensive mind, not an offensive vocabulary.

  26. C’mon Chucky!
    The Skins are alot like the Bucs team you took over, lots of high priced, talented vets…great defense, improving offense, LOTS of ego that needs your foot in it’s ass!

  27. Hey remember the Rooney Rule. You can’t hire somebody until you’ve interviewed somebody you’re interested in but its mandatory cuz he’s black.

  28. IMAREDSKINSFAN says: December 17, 2009 11:02 AM
    I don’t like Gruden. The only reason he won a Superbowl was because he used a team the Tony Dungy built. After he came, they turned into chumps, and couldn’t repeat. Besides,…he will bring all kinds of off the wall QB’s in here. I just don’t like his vibe, and he doesn’t speak well on MNF.
    =========================================
    You’re an idiot. Plain and Simple (just like you). Tony Dungy didn’t “build” the Bucs, moron. Jerry Angelo and Rich McKay built the Bucs. Plus, the team he left, the Raiders, went to the Super Bowl that next year, against the Gruden-led Bucs.

  29. Bruce Allen’s draft record is not much better (if at all) than Cerrato. Look at his years with Oakland and Tampa Bay.
    The best thing you can point to is that he did seem to draft DBs well, including Charles Woodson and Asomugha.
    However, there were also many busts on his resume: Rickey Dudley, Darrell Russell, Mo Collins, Matt Stinchcomb, Derrick Gibson, Tyler Brayton, Michael Clayton, and (thus far) Gaines Adams. All of those were 1st round picks under Allen’s leadership.
    To me, this smells like another classic Snyder move to keep fans in the seats. Dust off the Lombardi trophies, hire George Allen’s son and make everyone feel good about the “Redskins Legacy.”
    I’ve been a season ticket holder for 10 years, and I’m getting sick of hearing about past glory. I want results and a clear plan for reshaping the roster and cap. Snyder is running out of moves, so I hope he chose wisely.

  30. I think the most important evidence to whether or not John Gruden may come to Washington will be his response on MNF when they talk about this GM move. A lot of speculation came out the last time the Skins played on MNF when Gruden did NOT critisize the organization in any way. If he is praising Snyder on the hire, which i bet he is, and saying the Skins are headed in the right direction, he will be opening the door to be the next Skins head coach. Personally, i think the final 3 games should determine it. If we win 2/3 against the Giants, Cowboys, and Chargers, i think we should retain Zorn, and change some personal like Campbell and O Lineman.

  31. Depending on how the team plays the last 3 games…keep Zorn…..why change the systems again? Zorn has learned on the job and I have to admit Sherm Lewis has helped the offense. Keep Zorn if this team keeps playing.

  32. Gruden plans on being successful… so he’s too smart to be in the NFC East… Eagles and giants and Cowboys oh my

  33. As the only qualified expert on this site, I think it’s best to keep Zorn and the wacky palycalling scheme they’ve developed. Draft some offensive linemen, and this bunch will win 10-12 games next year. It’s just now starting to come together. Just like with Marty, now that they are beginning to get it, he’ll throw everything out and start all over. And we’ll wait another 3 years, getting impatient, and then do it again……

  34. According to NFL Guru Charlie Casserly, who spoke this morning on the Nationally syndiated Sports Junkies radio show based in Washington DC, the language in Grudens contract with ESPN is such that he can walk away any time he so chooses … he’s coming to DC …

  35. The whole “Gruden won the Super Bowl with Dungy’s players” argument is really stale and lazy. Even if that were true, that’s more of an indictment on Dungy than it is on Gruden. Bottom line, he got it done and Dungy did not (well, not until he had Peyton Manning as his QB – I guess Dungy won with Mora’s team and Caldwell is winning with Dungy’s team Indy, right?).
    If you look at Gruden’s first year roster with the Bucs, there were 26 new players as compared to the year before. Don’t let facts get in the way of regurgitating the stuff you hear repeated on talk radio over and over. If you don’t think the guy can coach, come up with your own argument.

  36. I have been a redskins fan since birth…if they hire Gruden it looks like we will be in for another bad year…unless they can get tony dungy to build the team first!!!!
    snyder…will you please sell the team!!!!

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