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Jon Gruden speaks on his future, sort of

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One thing that most of the reports about Jon Gruden’s “will he or won’t he,” offseason plans lack are quotes from Gruden himself. As it turns out, the reports might be more revealing without them.

Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times caught up with Gruden before he called today’s Ouback Bowl in Tampa between Michigan and South Carolina, which he’s calling for ESPN. He asked Gruden if he was interested in any of the seven openings.

“Ah, there’s a lot of good candidates out there,” Gruden said. “I’m just focused on the Outback Bowl.”

This guy is full of something stronger than Bloomin’ Onions.

In the last 48 hours, there have been reports that he’s ready to interview, which are followed by reports he’s cool toward coming back.

Mostly, there are reports, which is apparently the way Team Gruden likes it.

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48 Responses to “Jon Gruden speaks on his future, sort of”
  1. Jay Cutler is an elite QB says: Jan 1, 2013 10:53 AM

    Bears.

  2. fuglyflorio says: Jan 1, 2013 10:53 AM

    It’s always a gamble hiring a media star as your head coach. There’s a lot of plain old dog work involved in building a winner. It’s not the glamorous ride they’re used to. And there’s always going to be a camera in their face just waiting for them to say something stupid.

  3. larryboodry says: Jan 1, 2013 10:56 AM

    Gruden, Holmgren, and Kyle Shanahan should be at the top of Phil Emery’s list.

  4. bensstinkyfingers says: Jan 1, 2013 11:02 AM

    I would like to be the first to welcome you home to Ohio, Coach Gruden, it is your destiny! Facts- you grew up in Sandsuky, a browns fan, played your college ball in Ohio, now you must lead this much maligned team with great potential to a championship. Then sir you will assume god like legendary status. What a dream opportunity, that may not come along in anyones lifetime! Your destiny, and the leagues best fanbase is waiting for you to return us to prominance, John. Do the right thing!

  5. superputman says: Jan 1, 2013 11:03 AM

    I got the exact opposite impression from hearing him on TV.. he seems happy in the booth and against any attention.. he even slammed Twitter as something he’d never even consider..

  6. hahapapa says: Jan 1, 2013 11:05 AM

    Bears

  7. truk2112 says: Jan 1, 2013 11:11 AM

    I don’t know how Gruden could make cuts during training camp since he likes every player. “This [insert name here] is one heckuva football player. He just does everything well.”

  8. dirtysouthironmen says: Jan 1, 2013 11:11 AM

    He will fail wherever he goes.

  9. dolphins4 says: Jan 1, 2013 11:12 AM

    Why Isn’t anybody after Kevin Gillbride?The man won 2 Super Bowls as the offensive coordinator with the New York Giants and he developed Eli Manning into a great QB.The man has all the Qualities to be successful as head coach in the NFL.

  10. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Jan 1, 2013 11:13 AM

    I’d love to see him in Chicago but he’d have to cut ties with Cutler immediately and find a guy who he could trust under center. Alex Smith makes the most sense. DO IT CHUCKEEEEE!

  11. vikes49 says: Jan 1, 2013 11:14 AM

    Somebody PLEASE hire him and get him out of the booth!!!

  12. fightinphils8008 says: Jan 1, 2013 11:15 AM

    I hope Gruden comes back to Philly. He could turn Nick Foles into a pro-bowler and turn that team around

  13. hockeyfan28 says: Jan 1, 2013 11:20 AM

    Gruden is gradually reaching Bill Cowher status where no one is going take his coaching interest seriously after this year he’s just trying to get a nice raise from ESPN.

  14. canetic says: Jan 1, 2013 11:23 AM

    Cowboys.

  15. tombreck says: Jan 1, 2013 11:25 AM

    1. He grew up a Brown’s fan.
    2. He grew up a hour west of Cleveland.
    3. His dad called Cleveland his “dream job”
    4. He’s freinds with Jim Haslam.
    5. Big fan of Trent and Colt.

    If he goes anywhere, it’ll be the BROWNS.

  16. ibreathefootball says: Jan 1, 2013 11:30 AM

    It would be cool to see Chucky back to coaching!

  17. eigglesnosuperbowls says: Jan 1, 2013 11:33 AM

    It must be me, am I missing something with this guy ? He last coached in the 2008 season ,14 games over 500. and lost more in the playoffs than he won except for the one season the table was set for him ! Iam sorry this guy is more sizzle than steak !

  18. kvanhorn87 says: Jan 1, 2013 11:35 AM

    I hope Gruden goes to Chicago. Chip Kelly and Lovie Smith to Philly. Andy Reid to Arizona. Syracuse coach to Buffalo. Too hungover to put the rest together.

  19. kvanhorn87 says: Jan 1, 2013 11:36 AM

    Sorry, Gruden to San Diego, Cowher to Chicago.

  20. kvanhorn87 says: Jan 1, 2013 11:38 AM

    Gruden to San Diego. The prospect of running the NFL in Los Angeles is too much for this egomaniac.

  21. coachhowi says: Jan 1, 2013 11:46 AM

    sorry folks he interviewed in Pittsburg with the Chiefs when they showed up to play Monday Night Football there. He will be the next head coach for the Chiefs and he will send Pioli packing haaa

  22. ron69 says: Jan 1, 2013 11:52 AM

    It would take about 7 millions reasons to come back to coaching, would any owner bet on it?

  23. michaeloptv1 says: Jan 1, 2013 11:53 AM

    Cowher is not returning.

    Gruden….probably will be coaching.

    Philadelphia?

  24. orndorf2 says: Jan 1, 2013 12:00 PM

    Gruden to Chicago, would be fitting. Then he can take over another cover2 team like he did in Tampa. Take a team with an established defense and put a so so offense with it to try and win a Superbowl with someone else’s team. Why build when you can inherit?

  25. rollore says: Jan 1, 2013 12:00 PM

    In the history of the Super Bowl era, being 47 years old in February, no NFL head coach has won multiple Super Bowls with 2 different teams.

    Only Shula, Parcells, Vermeil, and Holmgren have taken 2 different teams to the holy grail, but were fortunate to have only one once.

  26. snikerbotloot says: Jan 1, 2013 12:00 PM

    Why Isn’t anybody after Kevin Gillbride?The man won 2 Super Bowls as the offensive coordinator with the New York Giants and he developed Eli Manning into a great QB.The man has all the Qualities to be successful as head coach in the NFL.
    ________________________________________________

    Gilbride had his chance, better OC than head coach.

  27. flipper14 says: Jan 1, 2013 12:03 PM

    In 12 seasons as NFL head coach or OC Gruden’s offenses have finished in the top HALF of the league in scoring only four times.

  28. ihatelogicalvoicesays says: Jan 1, 2013 12:11 PM

    Please someone take kevin kildrive if i can predict every play the giants run im sure the other team knows what plays coming too. Also he is the worst redzone play caller ever

  29. freddieizzyb says: Jan 1, 2013 12:12 PM

    tombreck says:Jan 1, 2013 11:25 AM

    1. He grew up a Brown’s fan.
    2. He grew up a hour west of Cleveland.
    3. His dad called Cleveland his “dream job”
    4. He’s freinds with Jim Haslam.
    5. Big fan of Trent and Colt.

    If he goes anywhere, it’ll be the BROWNS.
    ———————————————————-

    if his choice is staying in the booth where he is 2nd only to John Madden as far as popularity or throwing his carrer down the toilet in taking the Broens job, I think its an easy decision. Not sure why (besiudes money) that anyone would ever want that job. They keep changing coaches and QBs every 2 years and they never get better. Who ever takes it, 2 things are for sure. 1) most Browns fans will act like he is the best ever and “next year is the year” IT WONT BE! 2) they will win 5 games, and the organization will cave to the stupid fan base and change again.. Its career suicide.

  30. mazblast says: Jan 1, 2013 12:25 PM

    Gruden far prefers being a celebrity to being an actual coach. He can win with someone else’s players, and be content if he gets enough camera time, but build? That’s for non-celebrity coaches.

  31. bigzant82 says: Jan 1, 2013 12:41 PM

    chucky come home too cleveland

  32. howiehandles says: Jan 1, 2013 12:43 PM

    I don’t see why a coach would leave a cushy job such as the ones Cowher and Gruden now have, to deal with the headaches of running a team again.

  33. stillworker says: Jan 1, 2013 12:51 PM

    Someone hire this mutt and get him out of the booth.. …..please!!!

  34. bengalsguy55 says: Jan 1, 2013 1:06 PM

    Bengals need to hire Marvin Lewis as their G..M and hire Mike simmer as Head Coach

  35. snowpea84 says: Jan 1, 2013 1:19 PM

    Sounds like teams would have to cater to him, as opposed to someone who just wants a shot.

  36. kev86 says: Jan 1, 2013 1:23 PM

    University of Dayton alum. I’d guess Cleveland with Chi-town and Philly as the other options.

  37. herrerabrad says: Jan 1, 2013 1:23 PM

    Gilbride didn’t develop Eli Manning…The Quarterbacks coach and his dad did. I am a die hard Giants fan, and love Eli, but the Giants defense was mostly responsible for the success against Brady.

  38. cubsisles72 says: Jan 1, 2013 2:00 PM

    Make him the Jets HC so the laughs at the circus can continue unimpeded.

  39. realskipbayless says: Jan 1, 2013 2:16 PM

    In Gruden we trust!

  40. brassknuckles47 says: Jan 1, 2013 3:05 PM

    Gruden’s claim-to-fame is stealing the Oakland Raiders playbook and using it against them in the SB. During his Tampa tenure his winning % is .509!! Wake people up….you are drinking the Kool-Aid!

  41. ambitoos says: Jan 1, 2013 3:37 PM

    There are only two teams that are set at quarterback. If Gruden does come back he would want a team with the QB already in place. That would be Chicago and the Chargers. The weather sure in nice in San Diego.

  42. wethog66 says: Jan 1, 2013 3:41 PM

    I hope Gruden doesn’t get a HC gig in the NFL or CFB. I really enjoy listening to him call games. His love affair with QB’s playing in games he calls can be annoying at time, but the insight and detail he brings when talking about specific offensive plays is very informative.

  43. sweetnlow44 says: Jan 1, 2013 4:39 PM

    As long as he gets hired somewhere, anywhere, I’ll be happy.

  44. toonsterwu says: Jan 1, 2013 4:54 PM

    I feel like Gruden is nearing the Bill Cowher stage of his life … that is, being a broadcaster is a nice, cushy gig, and he won’t leave unless it’s for the perfect job (with reports that Cowher supposedly is only waiting on the Giants gig, if Coughlin ever gets fired).

    As a Bears fan, I’d love to have Gruden in Chicago. First and foremost, I believe his WCO, one that emphasizes the running attack, would be a great fit for Cutler, akin to when Cutler was in Denver with the Shanahan’s (I have briefly wondered if Kyle Shanahan might be a good fit for the Bears as well). Then, there’s the fact that Gruden might be able to convince Marinelli to stay around, and if not, he might be able to bring in Monte Kiffin, which would keep the same defensive philosophy. Considering the mix of veteran 4-3 personnel in place, keeping the same scheme is important.

    I think the Bears would be a great fit for Gruden. He gets a solid veteran defense that still has a year or so left. The defense has started to add some youngsters for the future. Offensively, he has a strong armed QB, 2 big WR’s, and a star RB.

    All that said, Gruden would want too much control, and I doubt Emery will give up his hard-earned gig. I’m guessing the Bears go with someone from the assistant ranks. Mike McCoy or Mike Sullivan make a lot of sense.

  45. phillyphan72 says: Jan 1, 2013 7:11 PM

    He’s going to Philadelphia…Book it

  46. cowboyzshininstar says: Jan 1, 2013 8:51 PM

    Come to dallas! Get rid of Romo. We’d have a great run

  47. vipod4ever says: Jan 1, 2013 9:40 PM

    If, and that appears to be the issue here, Jon wants to return to coaching, what is holding him back? Jobs in Philly , Chi (glory) , in Clev (hometown) are now available for him. I suspect he wants more than that. The $$$ will be available anywhere. I say he takes care of unfinished business ( ego ) and Jon goes back to a place that appreciates him, and coined the name, Chucky.

  48. 07vrod says: Jan 2, 2013 9:50 AM

    How committed can he be to a hiring football organization when he can’t even commit to putting his name in the hat?

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