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Jon Gruden “not expected” to coach in 2014


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.

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10 Responses to “Jon Gruden “not expected” to coach in 2014”
  1. lks311 says: Dec 8, 2013 11:10 AM

    Gruden will wait for a slot where there’s a proven commodity at QB…Houston is NOT that opportunity.

  2. MichaelEdits says: Dec 8, 2013 11:15 AM

    If Gruden does return to coaching, the new MNF team might be Tony Kornheiser, Dennis Miller, and Rush Limbaugh.

  3. reed20fence says: Dec 8, 2013 11:15 AM

    Cowher, Dungy, Chucky, these are marquee names that know what they bring to a franchise and they’ll demand a lot of power and money if they agree.

    I don’t think Rick Smith is gonna be too accomodating to a candidate that wants a dominant say in drafting and free agency, and sole authority on coach and assistant hirings.

    Better stick to quiet pushovers like Lovie.

  4. apmn says: Dec 8, 2013 11:17 AM

    He is never going to coach again. Why would he want to?

  5. rabidboy says: Dec 8, 2013 11:19 AM

    Dennis Allen better start looking over his shoulder.

  6. 3yardsndust says: Dec 8, 2013 11:41 AM

    Gruden will not return to coaching. The money in the booth is great, and the hours are minimal.

    Plus, he has a decent reputation. Going back would – in all likelihood – expose him as a guy who is not a top-tier coach.

  7. sportsguy3434 says: Dec 8, 2013 11:58 AM

    The downside to taking a coaching job is that you don’t get all of the attention every time a job comes open, college or pros. He is the equivalent of a backup qb that gets all the love while he is on the sideline, and he doesn’t do much to quench the speculation.

  8. pfic15 says: Dec 8, 2013 12:03 PM

    Give it up on Gruden. “Chucky” is too busy loving everyone on MNF. Its over.

  9. posmoo says: Dec 8, 2013 12:15 PM

    He looks sick of MNF and his sidekick. The dude is gone.

  10. footballexpert001 says: Dec 9, 2013 11:14 AM

    “Gruden will wait for a proven commodity at QB.” Let me know when that happens and there’s a coaching vacancy.

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