Jon Gruden says he’s preparing to coach again, but will he ever?

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The folks at are characterizing former Buccaneers and Raiders coach Jon Gruden as saying he wants to return to coaching. The quote they’re supplying, however, doesn’t quite have that degree of clarity.

“I’ve met with several people — I won’t deny that,” Gruden said in a 40-minute interview with “Just about every year I talk about coming back to coach. I’m not in here every day at 4:30 or 4:00 in the morning watching pinball, you know? I’m preparing myself to come back. I am. Every day. I’m preparing to come back.”

Preparing to come back and wanting to come back are two different things. It could be that Gruden has the mindset of preparing to come back in order to help him be as good as he can be in the job he has.

“It helps me in my broadcasting and I think if you lose that edge . . . you can’t come back unless you are totally wired with college football, personnel, schemes, the CBA, how people are practicing, trends, you know?” Gruden said. “You’ve got stay on top of this stuff.”

Gruden has never shown a serious desire to coach in the eight years and counting since he became the founding member of the Fired Football Coaches Association. And, frankly, teams haven’t been banging down Gruden’s door in recent years. While all it takes is one to change that, in recent years the number has been zero.

Of course, this interview could be Gruden’s first step in getting the word out that 2018 will be the year of his return. If it is, he’ll be giving up a spot on Monday Night Football that likely won’t be kept warm for him by ESPN.

Then again, by the time Gruden is out of coaching again, there’s a good chance ESPN will no longer have Monday Night Football. So maybe he’s thinking about getting out before he potentially becomes the founding member of the Fired Football Broadcasters Association.

32 responses to “Jon Gruden says he’s preparing to coach again, but will he ever?

  1. Already having back room meetings with that louse jerry jones. Garrett is gonna get the landry/jimmy treatment

  2. His team won a Superbowl in 2003. I wonder if he could do it again with the right pieces. He’s definitely a better coach than Tony Dungy. He won with the team that Tony couldn’t win with.

  3. The truth is that Gruden is significantly over-rated as a head coach. His Super Bowl win in Tampa Bay was the legacy of Tony Dungy’s work. The longer he stayed in Tampa, the Buccs got progressively worse.
    Jon Gruden has probably had opportunities to get back into coaching but if he’s honest, he knows he has a good gig at ESPN.

  4. Gruden like the Shula family have a friendship with Mike Brown and his family, so if Marvin retires don’t be surprised if he wouldn’t mind coaching that talented team.

  5. If it would get him off MNF I am all for it, so long as it isn’t my team.

  6. I don’t get it. Not only did he win his only SB with a team that Dungy built, he beat his former team that was still using the same system that was in place on both sides of the ball when he was the coach of the Raiders the year before. I think he’s lucky to have the MNF gig.

  7. The only thing Jon is preparing for is a raise from ESPN. He’ll never coach again. The reason he’s in the office at 4:00 am every morning is because he loves football. He has passion. That’s why he’s so good at what he does. But coaching isn’t as much fun as some people think. I guarantee you his wife doesn’t want to get back into coaching. Jon has it made. He gets to study up on every team. Gets to know what every coach is doing. Gets to study all the players. But he gets to do it without any stress. He gets to be a husband. He gets to be a father. He’s probably smarter than any coach in the league, but he realizes you need talent to win. There aren’t enough hours in the day to do all the coaching and all the scouting by yourself. Jon is smart enough to know that he can’t outcoach a more talented team. He’s also smart enough to know that if he keeps talking about getting back into coaching, ESPN will pay him more money.

  8. he turned down the springdale high school coaching job this year !!!! what a disappointment after he applied for the job

  9. Do what ever you want Jon. Chase almost every dream you dream.

    Just do not dream about being the General on the Raiders sidelines again.

    We have “One Eyed.” Jack Del Rio

    The “Stonewall Jackson.” of NFL head Coaches.

  10. What a smarmy story, clearly not a fan of Gruden eh? I believe that he stands head and shoulders above at least half of the current clowns coaching in the NFL. You obviously don’t think so.

  11. Pretend like you are one of the greatest… get paid millions to evaluate kids. Why the hell would you want the stress of coaching again??? See Joe Gibbs…

  12. He’s sees the ship at ESPN is slowly sinking and the MNF schedule of games has been really bad over the past few seasons. Time to jump back into coaching.

  13. I’m quite sure once (hopefully) the new CBA lets people practice again so you can make players get better he will return.

    It is far from secret how Jon Gruden feels about the limitations on practice times imposed by the current CBA

  14. Jon won with Tony Dungy’s team while tearing it apart. Jay is the stud of that family – there’s a reason he’s doing and Jon’s watching.

  15. Jon may have won with Dungys team but Dungy had multiple years to win something and never did. Dungy always fielded an anemic offense which was v awful to watch at times. Gruden brought in KEY players that pushed Tampa over the hump and to the glory of SB37.

  16. He will be named the coach of the L.A. Rams the year they move into their new stadium. Stanley will use him to sell PSLs to fans he couldn’t attract by the teams on the field performance. I feel sorry for McVay and his inheriting a bad roster and management that doesn’t care about winning on the field. If McVay is truly the coach others think he is he should have waited for a better situation.

  17. Gruden “inherited” Dungy’s team?? LOL. Dungy was a good coach but he could never figure out the offense. Why do you think his only super bowl came in Indy? Peyton practically ran the playbook.

    A person that deserves just as much if not more credit for developing that defense was Monte Kiffin

  18. “While all it takes is one to change that, in recent years the number has been zero.”

    You seem to have forgotten earlier this year when the Colts talked to him.
    And when Pagano gets fired after this year, regardless of his record… short of winning the SB, Gruden will be the guy.

  19. Whomever said he inherited Dungy’s team has to know that Warren Sapp said the Bucs would not have won the SB if they did not bring in Gruden.

  20. He inherited a Super Bowl team from Dungy. I don’t understand why he gets so much credit as a head coach.

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