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LaMonte connection makes Gruden less likely in Denver

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Last week, we mused about the possibility that ESPN’s Jon Gruden decided to show a little leg to the “U” in the hopes of sparking some back-channel discussions with the 49ers, Browns, and/or Broncos.

Yes, the Broncos.  Gruden has gushed about quarterback Tim Tebow, which would presumably make Gruden interested in adapting the spread offense to the NFL game.  (Then again, Gruden gushes about pretty much everyone.  Except Derek Anderson.)

But here’s one potential roadblock.  Agent Bob LaMonte represents both Gruden and former Broncos coach Josh McDaniels.  At a minimum, it would be awkward for the Broncos to negotiate a new deal with LaMonte on behalf of Gruden.

Of course, if the Broncos really want Gruden, it shouldn’t matter.

According to Gruden’s colleagues at ESPN, Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen, early candidates for the permanent job include Vikings interim head coach Leslie Frazier and Air Force coach Troy Calhoun.  Per the report, Frazier’s contract with the Vikings expires in early January — unless of course the Vikings hire him to be the permanent head coach before then.

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17 Responses to “LaMonte connection makes Gruden less likely in Denver”
  1. FinFan68 says: Dec 6, 2010 9:03 PM

    At a minimum, it would be awkward for the Broncos to negotiate a new deal with LaMonte on behalf of Gruden
    Why? McDaniels has already been fired. I see nothing wrong here

  2. runwright44 says: Dec 6, 2010 9:05 PM

    Even Gruden’s got enough smarts to avoid this debacle.

  3. stormred says: Dec 6, 2010 9:09 PM

    I bet Gruden wants no part of that mess.

  4. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Dec 6, 2010 9:10 PM

    Will the Broncos pay Gruden? He’d be the THIRD head coach they are on the hook to pay next year. That’s a big pill to swallow given his certain salary demands.

  5. AlanSaysYo says: Dec 6, 2010 9:29 PM

    How is it awkward for LaMonte? It’s not Denver had never cut/fired one of his clients before McDaniels. The separation between a coach’s agent and the coach’s job performance seems fairly clear.

  6. importantpftcomment says: Dec 6, 2010 9:42 PM

    Course there is this little thing called a contract with ESPN that needs to be fulfilled or voided first……

    Chilly might like it in Denver……

  7. souldogdave says: Dec 6, 2010 9:44 PM

    If Gruden goes to the Niners, that’s horrible enough.For him to sink so low as to coach the dreaded Broncos….,well,I personally know several Raider fans that would shoot Gruden on sight if he was to choose that path.Chuckie, give this some realistic thought.You come back to this coast, the Raiders are watching you.The black hole never forgives,never forgets.

  8. 1historian says: Dec 6, 2010 10:02 PM

    Denver made a HUGE mistake hiring McDaniels on the strength of just one year as OC for The Patriots. I hope the Broncos can come back from this but right now it seems more than a little chaotic there. Too bad.

  9. veistran says: Dec 6, 2010 10:02 PM

    Why would LaMonte care? He got paid when Josh signed his contract, this just speeds up the timetable for the next time he gets paid.

  10. FinFan68 says: Dec 6, 2010 10:09 PM

    The pic seems as if Gruden is actually looking at the current situation

  11. rocketman2010 says: Dec 6, 2010 10:16 PM

    I’m sure Gruden will be excited to know his job opportunities are limited due to another coach’s failure and his agents relationships.

    Perhaps McDaniels isn’t the only one to be fired this week.

    I’m sure Gruden knows how to fire an agent.

  12. aldavisisthenfl says: Dec 6, 2010 10:35 PM

    Gruden ain’t that great, he and Allen left Tampa in a huge mess. He’s a great game day coach who can get more out of a player than most other coaches but that is where it ends folks.

    He’s incapable of building an elite team.

    You make fun of him because he’s always so gushy, that’s because he doesn’t a good player from a mediocre one…..

  13. normswifevera says: Dec 6, 2010 10:46 PM

    There’s a pretty big difference between talking up a player before the draft in the capacity of a broadcaster, as Gruden did with Tebow, and staking your credibility as a coach on that same player.

    Gruden isn’t nearly that dumb.

  14. cup1981 says: Dec 6, 2010 11:23 PM

    How often is a player cut, then another player is signed in his place, and those players have the same agent? Well, with superagents like Drew Rosenhouse (Sp?) its probably at least 30% of the time. The same rings true for coaches. These agents nor do the teams really care about feelings, it is a business so that will not deter the Broncos from signing Gruden. Kind of a boneheaded and ill-researched post IMHO…

  15. kcfanatic says: Dec 6, 2010 11:49 PM

    This has Bill Parcells written all over it.

  16. florio4prez says: Dec 7, 2010 12:38 AM

    Before this (sic) article was written, even I mused that Gruden liked Timmy and could be headed a mile high.

    But that’s all it was – some jerk musing about the seemingly obvious. I however wasn’t trying to sell it as a real possibility.

    If you want to read what a real journalist thinks may happen in Denver, reset your dial one letter to PFW (real journalism) from PFT (pretend jounalism).

    Or simply click here:

    Bowlen likely would want to make a home-run hire on the order of Bill Cowher or Jeff Fisher, should he become a free agent.

    Both of those men would require some measure of personnel control, but they each have far more accomplished résumés than McDaniels had coming in. Both also could bring in their own personnel people, who would help with the scouting process. And there’s little question that a home-run coaching hire could at least temporarily appease some of the irritated Broncos fans.
    The problem I see with Cowher or Fisher however would be they BOTH know how important having a good/great QB is and BOTH know that Orton and Timmy are nowhere near the bottom rung of that scale.

    Similarly, Gruden is not in the class of Cowher or Fisher, one Bucs SB Title notwithstanding.

  17. wvuandsteelers says: Dec 7, 2010 8:16 AM

    Troy Calhoun? Are you stupid? Just because a coach is down the road doesn’t instantly make him an option. Personally, I think Bowlen goes big (Gruden, Cowher). Denver has been a class organization for a long time and I think the turnaround starts this offseason.

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