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.