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Source: Jon Gruden isn’t on Cleveland’s radar screen

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Chip Kelly won’t be the next coach of the Cleveland Browns, and Jon Gruden won’t be, either.

Contrary to a report from the Cleveland Plain Dealer that the Browns “might” pursue Gruden, a source with direct knowledge of the situation tells PFT that Gruden isn’t, and won’t be, on the Browns’ radar screen.

Per the source, the Browns also have no interest in making a “splash” with their hire.  The goal was and is laying the foundation for a consistently successful and competitive football operation.

The latest Gruden rumor comes several weeks after his name was circulated both for jobs at the University of Tennessee and with the Oakland Raiders.  It appears that the latest leaked item could be aimed at generating interest in Cleveland or elsewhere at a time when Gruden apparently is ready to consider returning to the game — but no one seems to be banging on his door.

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55 Responses to “Source: Jon Gruden isn’t on Cleveland’s radar screen”
  1. youknowwhatsgoodforshoulderpain says: Jan 7, 2013 6:43 PM

    Now they can turn their attention toward hiring Herm Edwards.

  2. vancouvernfl says: Jan 7, 2013 6:44 PM

    overrated

  3. elwaysmilehighdenver says: Jan 7, 2013 6:45 PM

    Do you guys just make this stuff up?
    59 minutes ago Gruden was on Cleveland’s radar!

  4. blackandbluedivision says: Jan 7, 2013 6:45 PM

    Per the source, the Browns also have no interest in making a “splash” with their hire. The goal was and is laying the foundation for a consistently successful and competitive football operation.
    ________________________________

    They must really enjoy losing.

  5. steelernationisthepinnacleofexistenceyouarenothing says: Jan 7, 2013 6:45 PM

    Nobodies and has-beens are the only people that want to join the Browns, whether it’s a coach or FA. This Browns should consider a stoppage of competition, it will save a lot of embarrassment.

  6. chawk12thman says: Jan 7, 2013 6:45 PM

    Look farther West……..My Guess; Gruden will end up in AZ or SD if the price and conditions are right. I really like Gruden and hope SD is the selected spot for his return. I would prefer it if the Hawks didn’t have to consistently deal with him.

    Go Hawks!

  7. thestrategyexpert says: Jan 7, 2013 6:46 PM

    They should let the coaches identify themselves as candidates or non-candidates. Just tell every prospect to give his evaluation of Brandon Weeden and the decision to draft him in the first round. And anybody that is somewhat positive of that move should be blacklisted and everybody that steadfastly denounces making plans for him in the future and shooting down the horrible decision of the GM are the guys that should be considered for a sit-down.

    If you want to be competitive year in and year out, then you have to have a guy that understands who is a valuable player at impact positions and who is not. If a guy can’t figure that much out at least, then he has no business being there.

  8. lgbarn says: Jan 7, 2013 6:46 PM

    Translation: Source: Cleveland isn’t on Jon Gruden’s radar screen

  9. terrytate89 says: Jan 7, 2013 6:46 PM

    Do you mean Cleveland isn’t on Jon Gruden’s radar screen?

  10. jb0621 says: Jan 7, 2013 6:47 PM

    Source: No one has a clue who the next Browns coach will be

  11. chc4 says: Jan 7, 2013 6:50 PM

    They should interview Tony Sparano.

  12. skoodsports says: Jan 7, 2013 6:50 PM

    Source: Browns play in Cleveland.

  13. garyman1 says: Jan 7, 2013 6:52 PM

    Sam Rutigliano isn’t going to just walk through that door.

  14. natelan69 says: Jan 7, 2013 6:53 PM

    I’m sick of people saying that Gruden is over rated.

    You say that Gruden took “Dungy’s Bucs” to the Super Bowl in an attempt to discredit is Super Bowl victory.

    Well, if you’re going to use that (flawed) logic, then I guess that means that Bill Callahan (who?) took GRUDEN’S RAIDERS to the Super Bowl the same year.

    You can’t credit Gruden’s Super Bowl appearance to Dungy, but then fail to credit Callahan’s appearance to Gruden. That’s called cherry picking your facts!

    Bill Callahan, who worked under Gruden, took the Raiders to the Super Bowl as a ROOKIE head coach! He kept all the schemes that Gruden installed on the team (and ultimately that’s a key reason why Gruden won the championship, due to familiarity with the playbook).

    I’m a Chargers fan. I want Cowher as a number 1 choice, but Gruden is a clear 2nd place favorite among the availables. And I’m just sick of people saying that Gruden is over rated.

    Gruden’s Raiders were a perennial playoff team until he left (except for the first year of his vacancy) and they have been absolute GARBAGE since he left.

  15. themanchine says: Jan 7, 2013 6:53 PM

    ” The goal was and is laying the foundation for a consistently successful and competitive football operation.”

    So when is Lovie Smith’s interview?

  16. terrytate89 says: Jan 7, 2013 6:54 PM

    lgbarn says:
    Jan 7, 2013 6:46 PM
    Translation: Source: Cleveland isn’t on Jon Gruden’s radar screen

    ————————————————————

    Exact same time? Well done.

  17. ytownie says: Jan 7, 2013 6:55 PM

    Besides her command of the english language, what does Mary Kay Cabot bring as a beat writer of the Browns? She does no reporting of her own, just citing league (ie. internet) sources. She hasn’t been right on one thing this whole past week.

  18. jbaxt says: Jan 7, 2013 6:55 PM

    Was making a “splash” a dig at KC for getting their guy, then minimizing it by calling it a “splash”? Like getting the best available coach was only a name grab, not a good hire? Stay classy Cleveland.

  19. attyken says: Jan 7, 2013 6:55 PM

    I didn’t know Cleveland still had a team. I thought they were in Baltimore.

  20. tubbman27 says: Jan 7, 2013 6:57 PM

    What has this done to prove he’s really worth any attention at all? I can’t think of one player chucky actually developed as opposed to inherited. The west coast is dead people! YPA alone are near 8. This is exactly why the rigid rotund Reid will fail in KC.

  21. maybenextyearbrowns says: Jan 7, 2013 6:57 PM

    Nobody could be worse than Pat Shurmur, so we will have an upgrade no matter who they hire.

  22. coltzfan166 says: Jan 7, 2013 6:58 PM

    Give Brian Billick a call.

  23. fromalicious says: Jan 7, 2013 6:59 PM

    ….and the Chargers have been GARBAGE since, well…forever

  24. bricktop02 says: Jan 7, 2013 7:05 PM

    Stay in the booth Jon.

  25. rowdymon says: Jan 7, 2013 7:08 PM

    Offer Dungy 2M above highest paid coach – the dude is gold. He has said he doesn’t want to coach again, but 9 -10M a year would be a big incentive to return.

  26. natelan69 says: Jan 7, 2013 7:13 PM

    @fromalicious… Dude, I wasn’t even attacking the Raiders, I was just being honest. Are you going to argue that the Raiders have had ANY good seasons since 2003?

    Acknowledge the fact that your team is trash, it’s not a knock, it’s the truth.

    My Chargers were good for a few years, but not great. Now they suck. But you guys are worse.

    And besides, the Raiders have gotten just as many Super Bowl rings as my Chargers have since I was born in the mid-80′s… ZERO!

    I wasn’t alive to see the Raiders as a good team. Hell, I barely remember either of our teams going to their losing Super Bowl matches in the last 20 years.

    Just like you probably don’t remember the Chargers owning the Raiders in the AFL for a decade.

    Get over it. Your team is bottom-5 in the league. You are the Bills/Browns/Chiefs/Jaguars and have been for a decade.

  27. dablitz2 says: Jan 7, 2013 7:13 PM

    The reason they are interested is Haslam hired that troll Joe Banner to run the team. Banner already ran off one of the best talent evaluators in the league and now they wonder why no coach with options wants anything to do with the job.

    Candidly, Jimmy, you need to wake up and smell the roses!

  28. mimitaroo says: Jan 7, 2013 7:13 PM

    Well this is news to me…

  29. steelpalace302 says: Jan 7, 2013 7:14 PM

    natelan69 says: Jan 7, 2013 6:53 PM

    I’m sick of people saying that Gruden is over rated

    Gruden is over rated go look at his coaching record fool. He is no better than a 543% coach. He took a winning super bowl team and DESTROYED it until he was fired . You can think what you want but the facts are HE DID take Tony D team and did nothing but ride it to the super bowl then destroyed it and was fired for it.

  30. steelpalace302 says: Jan 7, 2013 7:18 PM

    Theyear after he won the super Bowl with Tonys team he started to change it and went 7-9 Yeah the man is a coaching god lol

  31. jerruhjones says: Jan 7, 2013 7:19 PM

    Seriously?

  32. conormacleod says: Jan 7, 2013 7:21 PM

    It would be hilarious if absolutely nobody wanted the job. Seriously. Source: the Browns can’t find anybody to accept Head Coaching job!

  33. blantoncollier says: Jan 7, 2013 7:22 PM

    Per the source, the Browns also have no interest in making a “splash” with their hire. The goal was and is laying the foundation for a consistently successful and competitive football operation.

    ________________________________

    Translation: We tried to make a big splash by hiring Chip Kelly, but when he wouldnt come, we have to go find a “hot” coordinator or young position coach. Because well, we couldnt make the big splash we wanted.

  34. Gordon says: Jan 7, 2013 7:22 PM

    I love PFT, but you guys have a lot of nerve calling out other sites for running with half baked stories.

    Just look at your posts since the end of the regular season, & you’ll see you guys foment this exact behavior.

    Your site has been filled with contradicting stories. You justify it by citing “Schefter” or “Mort” or “sources” quoted by other reporters. It’s getting comical.

  35. odessabucs says: Jan 7, 2013 7:22 PM

    I think the job Gruden wants is Dallas, if he ever returns to coaching. Been rumors about that for years. He is not going to leave the best job in NFL broadcasting to go to any old NFL opening. He’s making a mint and seems to be having fun, plus his family has been living in a place they’ve grown to love, Tampa, for over 10 years now. May not be this year, or next, but don’t be surprised if his next gig is “America’s Team”.

  36. steelpalace302 says: Jan 7, 2013 7:24 PM

    and Raiders were a playoff team when Gruden was there ? We was there 4 yrs and 2 of them they went 8-8 go do your homework because you dont have a clue

  37. doncornelious says: Jan 7, 2013 7:24 PM

    Perhaps the Browns should post the job on Monster.com. There are probably lots of H1Bs that would love to work in Cleveland.

  38. coachbeck says: Jan 7, 2013 7:40 PM

    Hilarious, you couldn’t write this how badly the browns look In the coaching search

  39. m1000be says: Jan 7, 2013 7:40 PM

    Can we all just agree that Gruden has no actual intentions of coaching again and just likes to hear his name in the news, so his agent leaks these false reports? I mean, seriously, before the off-season, all we read about was how Gruden may be going here or there and yet he hasn’t had a SINGLE interview anywhere. Kinda funny, isn’t it?

  40. ademell1 says: Jan 7, 2013 7:50 PM

    Jon Gruden aint coming back to the NFL until the Cowboys hire him as head coach.

    or he’s just ‘done’, maybe afraid of failure/that by him returning it will prove he was an overrated coach who inherited a great team and took it to the Superbowl where he easily could handle his former team’s offense.

  41. natelan69 says: Jan 7, 2013 7:51 PM

    @steelpalace302

    If Gruden is over rated, how did he take the Raiders from the basement, to the top in 2 years?

    Still cherry picking facts…?

    Raiders Playoff appearances (21)

    AFL: 1967, 1968, 1969

    NFL: 1970, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1990, 1991, 1993, (Gruden Era) 2000, 2001, 2002

    Notice that huge gap between 1993 and 2000? What changed…?

    Notice the huge (never ending) gap after 2002?
    What changed?

  42. ravenmuscle says: Jan 7, 2013 7:55 PM

    Brian Billick is your best bet.

    OR any other coach that loves losing FOREVER.

  43. steelpalace302 says: Jan 7, 2013 8:19 PM

    Gruden was in Oakland 4 years and went 8 and 8 2 of them those are facts . After he was traded to Tampa he won a super bowl with a team handed to him by Tony D. FACT. Then he destroyed the team and was fired FACT cherry pick that

  44. natelan69 says: Jan 7, 2013 8:34 PM

    Right, he took an under-performing team to become an 8-8 team, then went to the playoffs for 2 years, then left (and a ROOKIE head coach who nobody heard of BEFORE or AFTER) took Gruden’s Raiders to the Super Bowl using Gruden’s talent and schemes. Then the team became the worst performing team in the entire NFL after he left.

    So tell me again about how Gruden sucks?

    It’s cool dude, I can tell that your embarrassed. I would be too.

  45. doubleyoi says: Jan 7, 2013 8:36 PM

    Of course, they have no interest in making a splash with their coaching hire. It’s Cleveland — they don’t even have a logo!

  46. ripster65 says: Jan 7, 2013 8:46 PM

    Is he on anyone’s radar? The only mention I hear of him is from the media that nobody’s inquired or even interested. What about Denny Green or Bill Cowher? Are they on anyone’s radar? What about Mooch? Jim Mora or Tony Dungy? Who else is nobody interested in?

  47. barbarian9 says: Jan 7, 2013 8:55 PM

    I think I’ll stop paying attention to Browns’ news until they do hire someone. Waste of time and megabytes…

  48. 69finfan says: Jan 7, 2013 9:53 PM

    I’m available

  49. blackngold4life says: Jan 7, 2013 10:18 PM

    It should say “Browns not on Grudens Radar” instead

  50. mazblast says: Jan 7, 2013 10:18 PM

    This Steelers fan is glad to see Cleveland doing some things right–not playing Chip Kelly’s game and not falling for Gruden’s effort to inject himself into the discussion.

    Now keep up the good work by not hiring Nick Saban or Brian Kelly. Hire a good young OC as your head coach and let’s get back to Cleveland vs. Pittsburgh for the division title every year!

  51. nomoreseasontix says: Jan 7, 2013 10:19 PM

    If they can’t find anyone else, I’m sure Hue Jackson will take it.
    I’m sure Marvin Lewis is tired of keeping his back to the wall to avoid the shank….

  52. bonniebengal says: Jan 7, 2013 10:26 PM

    What about Jay Gruden?

  53. NoobTubeTV says: Jan 7, 2013 11:18 PM

    Only smartphones and crappy data plans could make people think in ‘megabytes’ again.

    Sad.

  54. randallflagg52 says: Jan 7, 2013 11:53 PM

    steelernationisthepinnacleofexistenceyouarenothing says:
    Jan 7, 2013 6:45 PM
    Nobodies and has-beens are the only people that want to join the Browns, whether it’s a coach or FA. This Browns should consider a stoppage of competition, it will save a lot of embarrassment.

    ====================================

    Nobodies and has-beens, huh? Guess they’ll have the pick of the litter with the entire steeler franchise then.

  55. robkiss1234567890 says: Jan 9, 2013 6:51 AM

    Wait..another erroneous report by Mary Kay? Can we have Ton Grossi back now please? Seriously this has gone on long enough…

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