Jon Gruden speaks on his future, sort of

AP

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.

48 responses to “Jon Gruden speaks on his future, sort of

  1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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..

  4. 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.”

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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 !

  10. 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.

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

  12. 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

  13. 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?

  14. 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.

  15. 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.
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    Gilbride had his chance, better OC than head coach.

  16. 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.
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    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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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!

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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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