Gruden says he’d like to give coaching “one more try”

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In Saturday’s one-liners, we pointed out that former Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden referred to one of the Glazers (we’re not sure which one — possibly Jay) as a “son of a bitch” during an Ocala speaking engagement.

Lurking on the second page of the story (as spotted by the folks at JoeBucsFan.com) was a more interesting comment.

I would like to give coaching one more try,” Gruden said.

Gruden has made similar remarks in the past, but it’s becoming likely that he’ll ditch the ESPN broadcast booth for the sidelines sooner rather than later, especially since this is his fifth season out of the game.  With so many of his former assistants already under contract with the Cowboys, speculation has persisted that Gruden could replace Jason Garrett in Dallas.

Regardless of the destination, Gruden’s leverage could peak after the coming season, given the success of his former colleague in Green Bay, Chiefs coach Andy Reid.  Reid has thrived a season after being booted by the Eagles, and the turnaround in Kansas City will make all members of the Fired Football Coaches Association more attractive, including the founder of the group.

As the 2013 season continues to unfold, the question becomes whether Gruden will reiterate his commitment to ESPN (possibly via another contract extension that likely allows him to leave for coaching at any time) or whether he’ll make it clear that his FFCA hat is back in the ring.

Either way, it could make for some awkward production meetings in November and December with coaches he’ll potentially be replacing or competing with in 2014.

118 responses to “Gruden says he’d like to give coaching “one more try”

  1. Ha, great line!

    He can have a job on my football team. Now I just need to get a team. He’s a good football man. And that can be a dangerous weapon towards winning games if you know how to aim it.

  2. Minnesota. Won’t have to worry about giving any secrets out there. SKOL VIKINGS. We need change.

  3. Why are the Redskins in the tag? Mike Shanahan ain’t going no where. He’s the best HC in the sport. Top 5 HCs in Professional Football – Shanahan, Reid, Rivera, Fox and Shwarz. In that order. #InShanahanweTrust

  4. Liked Gruden as a coach. Great offensive mind. Depends on what he is looking for as far as what team he would go to. I could see him replacing Kubiak in Houston for sure, maybe Frazier in Minnesota, replacing Coughlin in New York, or possibly Garrett in Dallas. Question is how much of a rebuild project does he want? The Texans and Vikings were both in the playoffs just a year ago, but can’t put it together on the field this year. The NFC East is going to be tough for a long time so it is pick your poison if you go there. The Giants have needs on both sides of the ball and the Cowboys are in virtual salary cap hell. Me, personally, I could see him on the sidelines in Houston next year.

  5. Vikes need to grab this guy he new more what to do on Monday night then th vikes did he shoulda jus sent the plays down from his booth an we might a won that game!!!!! He could turn it around in one season but not to hard to do with what vikes been doing!!!!’

  6. Fire up the Jet Wilf’s! Welcome to the Vikings Gruden! With the New stadium on the horizon…A.P. still running like crazy and Teddy Bridgewater…Super Bowl Home boy!

  7. Rumor has it, Vikings have been talking with him, Wilfs private jet has been seen parked in front of his house.

  8. logicalvoicesays says:
    Oct 26, 2013 3:56 PM
    Why are the Redskins in the tag? Mike Shanahan ain’t going no where. He’s the best HC in the sport. Top 5 HCs in Professional Football – Shanahan, Reid, Rivera, Fox and Shwarz. In that order. #InShanahanweTrust

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    Are you serious? That is your top 5 NFL coaches right now? Wow.

    1. Jim Harbaugh
    2. Bill Belichick
    3. Sean Payton
    4. Pete Carroll
    5. Andy Reid

  9. replace bengals marvin lewis alias mr giggles with jon gruden and then he can coach with brother jay as offensive coordinator

  10. thepftpoet:

    Well I’m a Lions fan so what I meant with my comment is that he’s the right type of coach for any team that is NOT in the NFC North. Unless it’s the Lions, then we can make an exception. Besides, Detroit is the warm city in this division. 😉

  11. I wonder if he’d be open to a prestigious college spot like USC. Not the NFL but it’s a different challenge, well paying, and a well respected job.

  12. thepftpoet says:
    Oct 26, 2013 3:51 PM
    Vikings 2014 Season:

    HC- Jon Gruden
    QB – Teddy Bridgewater
    2014 MVP: Adrian Peterson
    Super Bowl winners

    Count on it…
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    One for sure thing you ” can count on ” is your alarm clock will be going off soon.

  13. Gruden just needs to be paired with a good personnel man and a QB who can take his hard coaching style. He and Rich Gannon were a perfect fit for that reason, but not mnay QB’s, let alone young ones, can handle that kind of coaching. If that is in place for him, he will excel.

  14. TO: logicalvoicesays ……..Regrding Shanahan; Reid, Rivera, Fox and Shwarz. In that order. Man….are you on drugs????Shanahan is a washed up hack, Reid-doing ok with Chiefs, Rivera is a glorified DC, but Schwartz….SCHWARTZ whoa-a–a-a. That guy is an idiot. Pure, plan, simple….an IDIOT!

  15. Looking forward to his return…….Dallas seems logical. He is entertaining as a media personality but really needs to be on the sidelines running a team.

  16. Forget JJ’s guarantee that Garrett is long-term; heard it before with Wade. Come Jan.,Dallas hasn’t won the East OR posted
    10-6/better, Gruden will be house hunting in Frisco; that’s Frisco Texas.

  17. Awesome to see this guy return. Can’t believe people think he’d go to Minnesota though. Farad is already over the cap.The talent, draft pick, and history are with Tampa.

  18. jshawaii22:

    Why settle for one when you can have both? Maybe they want to work together? These are 2 very refreshing football guys we are talking about. What’s not to like, and these guys are being wasted as network commentators.

  19. He must be upset with all the attention Favre got this week. Gruden did a great job with Dungy’s team. We all saw what he did with his own players. I hope the Cowboys hire him.

  20. r8dernation says:
    Oct 26, 2013 4:42 PM
    I wonder what he could do with Pryor.
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    He could talk about him on MNF, break down some bits of Pryor’s mechanics, and try to help the viewers understand why Pryor makes the decisions he does that helps or hurts his team.

  21. Still not sold on Dennis Allen so I wouldnt mind if Gruden replaced Allen. Allen just seems to NOT have that “it factor” that other coaches have. I mean Als gone so hopefuly no bad blood, and it would be awesome if he brought Rich Gannon in to be his offensive coordinator. I always thought Rich Gannon would be a good coach.

  22. logicalvoicesays says:
    Oct 26, 2013 3:56 PM

    Why are the Redskins in the tag? Mike Shanahan ain’t going no where. He’s the best HC in the sport. Top 5 HCs in Professional Football – Shanahan, Reid, Rivera, Fox and Shwarz. In that order. #InShanahanweTrust
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    1billsnation says:
    Oct 26, 2013 4:23 PM

    Are you serious? That is your top 5 NFL coaches right now? Wow.

    1. Jim Harbaugh
    2. Bill Belichick
    3. Sean Payton
    4. Pete Carroll
    5. Andy Reid
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    Relax, 1billsnation. logicalvoicesays is the resident instigator and comedian. I give him thumbs up purely for his entertainment value.

  23. Notice in the story where they bring up the contract extension with ESPN – think Chucky didn’t throw that line out there to create more leverage if/when that happens? A lot of these former coaches/now commentators have a pretty posh lifestyle critiquing others in front of the camera and most already have the Superbowl ring to vindicate their former career.

    So a team would have to throw the entire package at someone like Gruden or Cowher to get them out of the booth/studio – talking Coach/GM/all personnel decisions type deal.

    So that eliminates the Cowboys (jones won’t cede that control to anyone). These former coaches will also want to go to a team that is built now instead of going through the dreaded 5 year rebuild. That kind of narrows things down to the Texans….

  24. As a Cowboys fan, I really hope Houston or the Vikings step up and hire Gruden. With the exception of Vermeil, it is unusual for a coach to be successful after being off the sidelines for an extended period. Only the Super Bowl in TB keeps him from being considered a very mediocre coach. Would like to see him out of the MNF booth, though.

  25. Have people forgotten that he was actually a worse coach than he was a broadcaster? He was fired by Tampa!

  26. Although PFT provides excellent football news, I check in daily just to read the comical notes from logicalvoice. They are no longer annoying, just LOL funny.

  27. Aren’t the Vikings playing in TCF Bank Stadium in 2014?

    I’d be shocked if Gruden wanted to stand outside in sub zero weather. Hell. I’d be shocked if the current Vikings roster is even considering standing outside in sub zero weather next year.

    Gruden is aiming for a contract with ESPN.

  28. IMHO with Gruden it is all about image. He would get big money wherever he goes. College, even if it is Texas or USC, would not have the “pop” of the NFL. Does he really want to recruit and deal with boosters? No. I am thinking a high profile job in the NFL where he has control and an low profile owner. That eliminates Dallas and Washington. Forget the Vikings, as they are not even a “blip” in the NFC. All the NFC west is set. All the premier AFC jobs with a QB in place are taken. If you are thinking high profile, decent ownership, big money plus endorsements, respectable team with a QB under contract, there is only one choice. Wait for it….. Giants! High draft pick in 2014. Fixable QB. Weak division. Big market. I am not a Giants fan, but I think “connecting the dots” takes Gruden to NY.

  29. Gruden is a smart guy. With that said, he will go to where there is a real QB so he can win.

    So Houston, you can forget about it.

    You have to think that these teams will get a new QB. :
    1. Vikings
    2. Browns
    3. Raiders (yes..I said Raiders)
    4. Jaguars
    5. Cardinals

    The wild card in all of this is where Phillip Rivers ends up going. If Rivers goes to the Vikings, you can bet Gruden will be going with him.

  30. His destination is already set believe that cowboys go 8-8 again jerry will be on his private jet headed to Florida before garrets walking to his car after the final game and to the guy who posted awhile ago said gruden would get rid of romo gruden likes romo has said it many times so dont know were you get that from

  31. Grudent has the same drawback as Cowher – gone too long. Reid was out of coaching for all of a good night’s sleep.

  32. Black horse is Alabama…Texas and USC are both scheming to get Saban..if Alabama opens up …..plus ,he would rather coach a professional team than the po dunk team in Minnesota…y all keep dreaming tho

  33. I have been a Raiders fan for many many years… many years. The BIGGEST mistake in the history of this franchise was NOT PAYING Gruden. That was why in the Super Bowl I was rooting for Tampa Bay. Al Davis was only thinking about Al Davis when Gruden walked out that door. I wish Jon the best wherever he ends up.
    [I know where Al is rotting.]

  34. How Gruden is still on ESPN is beyond me. While knowledgeable he never has anything critical to say about mgmt., coaches, or players. It’s always the superlative stuff so he won’t make any enemies prior to his next coaching job interview. Dull, dull, dull = Gruden. Maybe a good coach but lousy on TV.

  35. Does every forget that Gruden wasn’t that great of a coach? He never was great with QBs regardless of the credit he gets. His greatest years were with old QBs on their last legs. He never developed anyone. I’d rather him on the sideline than in the booth. So annoying to listen to. Could kill yourself in a drinking game centered around the times he says “World Champion”. I wouldn’t want him coaching my team.

  36. Gruden is looking at a few great situations.. Tampa could be a quick fix, as would be the Giants, or Vikings…

    Jets will resign Rex at the end of the season, He’s really turned things around for the Jets.. He’s matured as a coach, and now he has a legit OC

  37. If Dennis Allen doesn’t go 8-8 this year . He is gone That’s the behind the scenes truth in Oakland.. Gruden is just waiting for Mark Davis to pick up the phone and hire him back. The Raiders move back to LA and the Raiders are relevant again. Chucky and the Black hole go Hollywood . BOOK IT !

  38. 1billsnation says:
    Oct 26, 2013 4:23 PM
    logicalvoicesays says:
    Oct 26, 2013 3:56 PM
    Why are the Redskins in the tag? Mike Shanahan ain’t going no where. He’s the best HC in the sport. Top 5 HCs in Professional Football – Shanahan, Reid, Rivera, Fox and Shwarz. In that order. #InShanahanweTrust

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    Are you serious? That is your top 5 NFL coaches right now? Wow.

    1. Jim Harbaugh
    2. Bill Belichick
    3. Sean Payton
    4. Pete Carroll
    5. Andy Reid

    Jim Harbaugh as your #1? Hahaha you’re serious right? Atleast everyone knows that logicalvoice is a troll and isn’t serious.

  39. If that’s what it takes to get Johnny Sunshine off the air, it’s a small price to pay. It isn’t my money.

  40. I realize ALL these NFL coaches tend to be lifers, however, Gruden moving back to coaching mystifies me. He has a position that is coveted by virtually everyone involved with football, is making millions, experiences little stress, pressure or second-guessing, has a stable, predictable personal / family life and is close to the game he loves. Contrasting this situation with the head coaches of Tampa and Minn., to name just two, and moving back to the gridiron seems extremely complicated and fraught with misery. Remember: ” You’re KILLING me Whitey?!” Perhaps JG should return to NFL films and view this classic rant!!

  41. He is terrible on MNF but I’m going to miss the “unintentional grudenisms” I tweet during his games. Dude says the weirdest double entendres and innuendos. Even his Gruden Grinders segment. Really, Gruden, really?

  42. He’s a great coach but you need keep him out of the draft room. He inherited a team in Tampa with Super Bowl talent and it gradually eroded during his tenure. The problem is he’ll probably insist on a high level of control.

  43. Gruden would be an improvement in many, many places. Anyplace with a defense and some players he could turn around

  44. logicalvoicesays finally revealed himself to be concussed. Sit him till he passes the standard tests.

  45. of course he does. there are some talented teams struggling. its like last year with the chiefs. they had so much talent just waiting to be coached and used correctly. if Gruden went to the Texans, or a team like that with a lot of talent, and a first round pick in this draft to take a QB(or 3 knowing gruden), there will be quite a few openings. dallas is another with quite a bit of talent.

    its not like he is going to come back for the jaguars job.

  46. First Favre says he really doesn’t want to come back… keeps repeating himself… over and over… then Marino says he’d like to try being an NFL decision maker (GM or president) and now Gruden says he’d like to give coaching one more try… JUST… WHAT…IS…GOING…ON…HERE!?

  47. Jon Gruden has been sighted on Lake Minnetonka, and will be joining Jared allen, Rick Spielman and Greg Jennings at Manny’s to work over the contract tonight at 9pm.

  48. If the steelers wanted him,he would park his car
    in front of Heinz field waiting for it
    every coach wants that job.the steelers have to keep turning people down

  49. Needs to be a place where there is talent but the coach can’t put them over the top. He is good for about 3 years before his messages becomes unbearable. Houston or Dallas.

    That said, I don’t think the Vikings have all the pieces but Detroit might. I respect his abilities enough to not want to see him in the NFC North.

  50. As for Minnesota, Zygi Wilf only looks for coaches in the discount bin. He’s looking to maximize profits. And that’s about it.

  51. Jon, just remember, players make good coaches. Try to find a team that already has potential like Carolina. Owners-and players- won’t give you more than 3 years at the most to become a winner.

  52. Gruden is a good coach as long as the team is already set up for success with veteran players that just need a little tweaking! His downfall in Tampa was his inability to use the draft to rebuild after the loss of free agents post Super Bowl. Maybe he has picked up some pointers in handling and grooming young talent with all his visits to teams for ESPN.

  53. Simple, he’ll be coaching Dallas. Think about it… He has Marinelli and Kiffin basically scouting talent in Dallas and after another 8-8 season Jerry is going to be one year older and his patience with JG will be vanquished. Gruden is a flashy sign with hardware to his name. Exactly what a desperate owner who wants to win now is looking for. This has Jerry Jones written all over it!

  54. I’m not surprised at his comment! He still likes in the Tampa area and he follows this team and he knows there talent on defense. But what’s more important, he see there’s far more talent in offense than he ever had when he was coaching the Bucs and that’s had him motivated!!! I say give him another shot Glazer family, since he was the last coach to get you to the playoffs and to win your only Super Bowl !!!

  55. realdealsteel says:
    Oct 26, 2013 6:25 PM
    Gruden is a smart guy. With that said, he will go to where there is a real QB so he can win.

    So Houston, you can forget about it.

    You have to think that these teams will get a new QB. :
    1. Vikings
    2. Browns
    3. Raiders (yes..I said Raiders)
    4. Jaguars
    5. Cardinals

    The wild card in all of this is where Phillip Rivers ends up going. If Rivers goes to the Vikings, you can bet Gruden will be going with him.

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    smart guy rivers isnt a free agent till after the 2014-15 season. with the season he is having im pretty sure he is extended in san diego in the offseason this year. plus the fact he is thriving in this new offense and he and his family are entrenched in san diego.only way he leaves is if san diego decides to let him walk. plus the vikings havent had great success in bringing in veteran qb’s lately! maybe the vikings should tyr actually drafting a good qb and developing him instead of signing older vets! cunningham,moon,favre,etc….

  56. also real deal steel if the texans didnt have a qb and even though you are wrong in thinking rivers is a free agent this offseason you would have to think the texans would also have looked at rivers if he was a free agent!! smh!!!

  57. Interesting comment about the Glazer’s.
    After everything that went down in Oakland Gruden has had nothing but good things to say about the late Al Davis. After his return to Oakland to light the flame & the time he spent with M.Davis, my money is on a return to the Black Hole! It’s killing Gruden when people say that was Dungy’s team we won the SB with…which is true!

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