Jon Gruden: I haven’t talked to anybody about a return to coaching, but never say never

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Former Raiders and Buccaneers head coach Jon Gruden isn’t ruling out a return to the sideline.

Gruden said on Mike & Mike that he is happy working for ESPN as a Monday Night Football commentator, but he also said he isn’t going to declare that he wouldn’t coach again.

“I haven’t talked to anybody,” Gruden said. “All I really have in my life is my family and football. That’s about it. I’m real sensitive to the coaches that are out there coaching, so I don’t speculate. I just love football. I’m trying to hang onto the job I have. I’m very fortunate to be with the people I’m with. I don’t know what’s gonna happen in the future. I just know this: I’m gonna continue to give my best effort to the game, stay prepared, and I love Monday Night Football and don’t plan on leaving but, as you know in life, you never say never to nothing.”

There’s been increasing talk recently that Gruden could return to the Buccaneers, and there has also been talk that the University of Tennessee would love to hire Gruden for its coaching vacancy. If he wants to coach again, he’ll have opportunities.

44 responses to “Jon Gruden: I haven’t talked to anybody about a return to coaching, but never say never

  1. He hasn’t talked to anybody but he sure wants everyone to know that he hasn’t talked to anybody AND that he is willing to talk to anybody.

  2. Jon will say he hasn’t talked to anybody publicly but deep down inside, he knows he wants to coach again and Tampa will most likely have a position opened at the end of the season with Dirk Koeter getting canned!! Jameis and the talented Tampa offense has underperformed this year!!!

  3. I don’t care what the opinions are of his coaching abilities, there’s not a lot of good coaches out there to begin with, Haslam, make an offer that he can’t refuse !!!

  4. Come and take the Steelers to the promise land…
    The table is set, we just need a competent guy to cook the dinner.

  5. Not happ’nin’ anytime soon. However… crystal ball time… in April 2022, at age 58-going-on-59, we might see Gruden take a turn towards joining Team Management a la Tom Coughlin/Jaguars — or going back into the foray of head coaching a team. WATCH WHAT HAPPENS!

  6. It’s that time of year again. We should make this an annual holiday. The Gruden Coaching Rumor Holiday. I don’t know if he floats this stuff out there because it’s nice to feel wanted, or if he’s trying to get more money out of ESPN. But, this year could be different. He sees his brother, and his little buddy Sean McVay out there coaching. Maybe he really wants to get back in this time.

  7. Gruden. Cowher. Dungy. I don’t particularly care if any of them coach again, but, can we please stop calling them “Coach”? I mean, an entire generation has no idea they were ever NFL coaches.

  8. He has 6 winning seasons in 11 years. He took over a loaded Defense built by Tony Dungy and won a Super Bowl in his first year in Tampa. After winning the Super Bowl with Dungy’s team, he made his adjustments to the roster and had a record of 45-51 in Tampa. He absolutely gets credit for winning the Super Bowl but what he did in Tampa after that Super Bowl is more indicative of his abilities.

  9. Damn, I hope he goes to the Buccaneers, so that we never have to see him on TV again.

    Now if we could just get Fouts to coach the Browns!
    He is absolutely unbearable.

  10. uncommon1 says:
    November 15, 2017 at 10:17 am

    You hit the nail on the head man. He might be the most overrated coach. I hope he joins the bucs……..then brings Manziel in to run the team seeing as how gruden GUARANTEED manziel would be one of the greatest and without a doubt 1st overall pick. He runs a QB Camp section but knows nothing about qb’s, its baffling.

  11. He runs a QB Camp section but knows nothing about qb’s, its baffling.
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    He turned a journeyman QB into an MVP.

    He won a Super Bowl with a journeyman QB.

    I’m not sure he could put together an offense in this spread-era, but he certainly could 15 years ago.

  12. I wasnt really impressed with him his last few years in the league. It seemed his formula was to dig up a bunch of over the hill vets who played with guile and toughness more than athletic ability. His victories tended to be low scoring games where they only had a chance because they played mistake free. The old players would run out of gas towards the end of seasons so they would end up right around .500 and miss the playoffs.

    Im not sure why any franchise would want that, but I guess its better than being a bottom-feeder.

  13. I wasnt really impressed with him his last few years in the league. It seemed his formula was to dig up a bunch of over the hill vets who played with guile and toughness more than athletic ability.
    =====

    I think it would have been more interesting if the Favre-trade had gone through for him in 2008.

    .. its funny though. Other than Andy Reid, the rest of the Old West Coast Offense Guard flamed out pretty badly. (Shanahan, Mariucci, Holmgren, Denny Green, Gruden..)

  14. When Gruden was coach, Bucs ownership used all the free agent money to go finance Manchester United. cash isn’t a problem for them now, but he wasn’t able to go get players he wanted. That being said, he only drafted one player that made the pro bowl with the Bucs. That player was a Guard. He drafted Aqib Talib, but he never made a pro bowl until he played elsewhere.

  15. Why would he ever coach again. He makes enough – works 1 day a week – has summers off – can do whatever he wants and everybody loves him. PS – He’s old. Anyone see what Sean McVay is doing. Go young. Why bring back some retread.

  16. John wants to be back….it probably kills him watching how some of the current coaches coach and he knows he can do better. I would love to see him back with the Bucs. He would do what he did before…get a good defensive coordinator and he’ll run the offense….the Bucs have playoff talent.

  17. It would make no sense for him to go back and coach, at least not financially. He may make a little more in the short term, but if he stunk at coaching, he would lose some of his presumed credibility and lower his so called expertise. That would possibly make him less desirable to espn (or others) and possibly lower his long term money earning ability. If he stays at espn, they keep giving him money, or less stress than coaching, and he can keep toying with the coaching to make it seem like he has leverage in negotiations. If espn were not floundering, they would call his bluff and tell him to go coach again or lower his pay. But, they wouldn’t have the guts.

  18. Gruden’s act is completely played out. Every single year he thinks we are all clamoring for him to return to coaching? Yes, but only to get him off of MNF. It won’t happen, as usual.

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