When the Texans fired Gary Kubiak last week, a report by John Clayton of ESPN positioned Jon Gruden of ESPN as a candidate for the job.
Now another report from ESPN has the ESPN employee staying away from a return to coaching for at least another year. Chris Mortensen reported Sunday morning that Gruden is “not expected” to pursue a job opening for the 2014 season.
Per Mortensen, Gruden has a “strong commitment” to continue in his ESPN duties and his work with high school coaches around the country. We’ll see if Gruden has anything to say about the discussion in his role as Monday Night Football analyst when the Cowboys and Bears square off on Monday in Chicago.
According to Mortensen, Gruden isn’t the only former coach with a Super Bowl ring now making his living on television who will be passing on any opportunities this offseason. Bill Cowher and Tony Dungy are also reportedly content to stay in the studio rather than return to the sideline.