Jon Gruden: I’m staying at ESPN, not going anywhere

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Florio mentioned the other day that Jon Gruden had been conspicuously quiet about reports that he could return to coaching in 2012. Now Gruden has come forward to say that he intends to remain in the broadcast booth.

“I love my job and I’ll be back at ESPN with the guys,” Gruden told the Tampa Tribune. “I’m not going anywhere.”

Regarding the report that Gruden could join A.J. Smith as a coach-G.M. team in St. Louis next season, Gruden said that’s not happening.

“I enjoy being with our ESPN team,” Gruden said. “I’m staying put.”

There’s still plenty of time for the 48-year-old Gruden to get the itch to coach again and leave Monday Night Football behind, but for now, he insists that he won’t be back on the sidelines.

50 responses to “Jon Gruden: I’m staying at ESPN, not going anywhere

  1. can we just forget about these past coaches already? if they wanna come back, then theyll come back.

  2. he can’t broadcast and he can’t coach as long as he doesn’t come to philly like the wip blowhard morning host wants i don’t care where he goes.

  3. “seanx40 says: Dec 31, 2011 2:30 PM

    In other words, no one offered him a coaching job.”

    Actually, no one has offered him a coaching job YET.

  4. Forget the man for just a moment. Bigger question: why would ANYBODY leave the cushy comfort of a broadcast booth for an NFL head coaching job where you’re only as good as your last game? Throw in coaching a bunch of overpaid clowns and it really should be a no brainer. Stay right where you’re at Jon.

  5. Please get him out of the broadcast booth, I sick of hearing about everything that amazes him week after week. “I’m just amazed by the way St Louis is able to identify which players will play which position!” “I’m just amazed by the way the Patriots are able to call the plays in before the play clock expires!” “I’m just amazed by the way the sun rises in the morning!”

  6. Josh

    I grant you that he’s better than Kornheiser but shouldn’t the bar be set a little higher than that?

  7. Credit to Gruden to taking Dungy’s team and doing what Dungy couldn’t do — win a Super Bowl with the Bucs. But his next 6 years here were horribly inconsistent and his offensive “genius” never panned out. Not sure why he continues to be thought of as an A-list guy.

  8. “I love my job and I’ll be back at ESPN with the guys,” Gruden told the Tampa Tribune. “I’m not going anywhere.”

    Translation: Nobody’s offered the right money yet…

  9. Jimmy Johnson, Bill Cower, and Jon Gruden, are all scared of coming back to coaching for one simple fact. If they come back and bomb out(which they would) then there aura of being good is down the tubes and couldnt get another broadcasting job.

  10. Exactly, those guys are affraid of tarnishing their reputation….Its not easy to win in the NFL and it is certainly not all about a head coach, their have been great coaches that just plain lose it….Shula,Landry, Noll, even Jimmy Johnson looked like a genius in Dallas and look at the mess in Miami he left, that certainly wasnt all on an aging Marino, Johnson did a lousy job bringing in talent , that and injuries and wham suddenly a guy doesnt look like a genius……Bill walsh was probably the best head coach Ive ever seen and look what he did in his second stint at Stanford……If Im Cower or Gruden I do just what Jimmy is doing and just take it easy in the studio or booth, building a winner is not easy ask Mike Holmgren, ask Parcells ask Ditka……. A lot of luck comes into play in this league

  11. Gruden needs to go to a built team. He needs veterans, he doesn’t know how to build a team. His draft picks in Oakland and Tampa Bay were pretty bad for the most part. I think Gruden would take the Head Coaching job in San Diego or maybe with the Eagles if Reid is out. we’ll see.

  12. “why would ANYBODY leave the cushy comfort of a broadcast booth for an NFL head coaching job where you’re only as good as your last game? ”

    Because NFL head coaches make a LOT of money. Gruden made $4 million a year at Tampa Bay. Bill Belichick makes somewhere around $8 million a year. At ESPN, Gruden makes less than $1 million(I think. Too lazy to look). A few more years of coaching, and Gruden never has to do another days work in his life. Neither do his children.

  13. dasboat says:
    Dec 31, 2011 4:01 PM
    Credit to Gruden to taking Dungy’s team and doing what Dungy couldn’t do — win a Super Bowl with the Bucs. But his next 6 years here were horribly inconsistent and his offensive “genius” never panned out. Not sure why he continues to be thought of as an A-list guy.

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    So sick of people saying it was Dungy’s team. Gruden replaced almost half that team and gave us an offense. I love Dungy but give Gruden his due. People forget that the Raiders were built by Gruden and had smashed the Bucs 45-0 just 2 years prior. If people want to play that game, why not give Sam Wyche some credit while you’re at it. He drafted a lot of those key players before Dungy took over.

  14. I don’t understand why the media perpetuates rumors that this guy is going to accept an NFL coaching job next year. Once someone indicates his intention, there’s no reason to keep pressing the issue.

    – Nick Saban

  15. flyermb says:
    Dec 31, 2011 2:38 PM
    “I’m staying at ESPN, not going anywhere.” Code for I’ll be coaching next season.

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    Agreed. _gauging the level of interest following the openings and who offers enough to induce him to leave ESPN. You never show your hand while the teams are still playing with head coaches.

  16. Sad news, indeed. Not because he is not returning to the sideline (what team expressed interest anyway?), but because he is staying in the booth. Oh well, maybe the MNF match ups will be equally bad next year, and I will not be listening to Gruden every Monday night, just as I was not hearing him too often this year.

  17. The best part of him staying in the booth is no more players can have their careers ruined by him. No class.

  18. Why on new years eve? I was looking forward to a bright new year and you throw this crap in my face for 17 Mondays. Let’s start a push where we get Madden and Summerall back in the booth. I didn’t appreciate it when they were there, but now? Please!

  19. Pleeeeeease go and coach the Chargers! The whole world would be a better place if Chuckie would stop talking on my TV during football games and coach some team I don’t care about! No, not the Chargers? How about the Dolphins? It’s nice and warm in Miami, and Chuckie has told me how dominant every single one of their players is. For that matter, I think he loves every single player in Jacksonville, Kansas City and St. Louis. Perhaps he’s waiting for Indianapolis or New York or Dallas? Fine, but please pick one!!!

  20. OK, Chuckie doesn’t want to “break up the team” on MNF? I’ve got a great idea… wouldn’t Ron Jowarski make a great QB coach or Offensive coordinator? He sure thinks he knows everything about offense. Take him with you, and spare us all the NF Tool Kit!

  21. It has been reported that ESPN Monday Night Ratings for the year feel through the floor this year, dropping some 10%.

    I guess there is a price to pay for fooling with old Hank. They say the huge drop is unprecedented and I love it.

  22. “This Guy” won one super bowl with a team that Tony Dungy built and was fired not to long after… what exactly has this clown done to be considered a great coach? oh yeah and he sucks as a broadcaster…

  23. probobly means aj smith is gone from san diego and he doesnt want to coach in a rebuild situation in st louis..i think the onnly job he would want would be the charger job because they are a ready team and it doesnt need to be blown up to rebuild and they have a franchise qb already and just bneed to make so moves to shore things up kinda like when he got to tampa bay!! !

  24. Does anyone really give a rats ass what Mr. tough-guy( insert grimmace) does? He brings commical releif if anything. I think “hallcyon” is right. Enough money, and he’ll jump and ask how high. If he doesn’t coach again soon, he will never coach again. Who cares?

  25. Seems crazy to me that an established coach is jumping at the SD job. A top 5 QB, a talented (albeit needs some refining) roster, a stud RB that’s ready to take the next step.

    All seems so logical. It’s got to be one of the most appealing coaching positions in a long time.

  26. bigtimetexanfan says:Dec 31, 2011 4:03 PM

    Jimmy Johnson, Bill Cower, and Jon Gruden, are all scared of coming back to coaching for one simple fact. If they come back and bomb out(which they would) then there aura of being good is down the tubes and couldnt get another broadcasting job.

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    Jimmy would never return to coaching as he has said long ago – right after bombing in Miami!

  27. Jimmy Johnson, Bill Cower, and Jon Gruden, are all scared of coming back to coaching for one simple fact. If they come back and bomb out(which they would) then there aura of being good is down the tubes and couldnt get another broadcasting job.
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    Hey if Matt Millen could land a broadcast job, ANYBODY can! The NFL is a good ‘ol boy network and these guys just keep circulating!

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