What happened to Jon Gruden to Tennessee?

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There was a Sunday splash report that former Raiders and Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden is talking to the University of Tennessee about becoming the school’s next head coach. The report emerged just as Tennessee was about to hire Greg Schiano, which made the report a little suspect, to say the least.

But Schiano then got the catch-and-release treatment, clearing the way for more talks with Gruden.

Instead, UT has busted the budget and gone hunting for an even bigger name. Only not Gruden.

So what was the deal with Gruden and Tennessee? Ira Kaufman of JoeBucsFan.com explained several weeks ago on PFT Live that Gruden has no interest in coaching at Tennessee. Clearly, however, those who are interested in getting Gruden the most possible money for whatever he does in 2018 are interested in creating as much potential interest in Gruden as possible, even if that interest is embellished, exaggerated, and/or flat-out fabricated.

Gruden clearly wants something; otherwise, he wouldn’t be talking so much about returning to coaching. But here’s the beauty of his ambiguity: If Gruden never makes clear what he exactly wants, it will never seem as if he didn’t get what he wants.

So whether it’s coaching the Buccaneers, the Raiders, or some other NFL team, or whether it’s a new deal with ESPN’s Monday Night Football and, possibly, a new play-by-play partner (Kaufman said that Gruden really misses Mike Tirico), Gruden may indeed get something new — and the impression will be that that’s what he wanted all along.

Gruden’s situation was one of the topics on Tuesday’s PFT PM, which included the Week 12 awards and an interview of Patriots receiver Brandin Cooks.

Unfortunately, we taped it before the Eli Manning news broke. We’ll have plenty to say about that situation on Wednesday morning on PFT Live, where the guests will include Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan.

17 responses to “What happened to Jon Gruden to Tennessee?

  1. It was never going to happen. This guy uses this as leverage with ESPN. Would be pretty funny if ESPN were to release him.

    It’s actually kind of annoying given that he’s been out of coaching for so long now.

  2. Schiano didn’t get catch and release treatment, he got social justice warrior uninformed social media treatment.

  3. I’m going to call the Packers are a dark horse candidate for the job he wants.

    I don’t have any factual information to base that on. McCarthy is still the head coach for now. It’s just a weird gut feeling. Something about how he talks about Rodgers when he’s announcing us; this giddy-ness like “Oh the things I could do if I was a coach with a QB like that”

    Like I said though, pure speculation, there’s no good reason to believe that’s the case.

  4. Get him off ESPN and Monday night football. He changes his opinion based on the momentum of the game. If you want a good color commentator find a game with Tony Romo, he opens up a new dimension to the game.

  5. He gets what he wants every year – attention. Nobody in the business holds him in as high a regard as he does. He’ll never coach again because he’ll never get a job offer again. He inherited a great Bucs team and they got worse as time went on with him. I hope he would get a job tho, he’s awful as an announcer.

  6. He and his agent floats one of these stories nearly every week. No one but sports talking heads needing something to talk/write about takes them seriously at all.

  7. The Sciano situation had nothing to do with social justice warriors. To the contrary, the fans for once empowered themselves to prevent a hiring they did not want. In a sport where the fans opinions are routinely ignored or dismissed by college administrators and coaches, what happened with Schiano was a rare victory.

  8. Would he want to be the next New York Giants head coach? Take over a legendary franchise, rebuild it from garbage, rally that locker room and try to beat his brother twice a year? Until his brother gets fired, then lay the smackdown on the owner that fired his brother twice a year?

  9. northcyder says:

    November 28, 2017 at 11:19 pm

    Gruden to Dallas. It’s gonna happen


    Love to see Carrot Top replaced with Chucky. I won’t hold my breath but, would definitely be a step in the right direction.

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