Posted December 30, 2013

Jon Gruden: ‘I don’t want to be considered for any of these jobs’

NFL Coaches, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Jon Gruden last coached in the NFL with the Buccaneers in 2008.

Jon Gruden last coached in the NFL with the Buccaneers in 2008. (Steven Senne/AP)

Jon Gruden’s name often is quick to the tongue of fans watching their teams suffer through coaching upheaval. The Browns chased him some last offseason, and at least Detroit and Houston have been mentioned as possibilities should Gruden want to return to the NFL ranks.

But Gruden, currently ESPN’s Monday Night Football analyst, quickly quashed those rumors in an interview with the Pioneer Press.

“I don’t want to be considered for any of these jobs,” Gruden told Chris Tomasson. “I don’t want to be considered for anything. There are plenty of good candidates out there. I’m just sick for the guys who can no longer coach their teams. … I’m hoping to do the best I can to hang on to my job.”

Who knows if Gruden would hold to those comments should a franchise come calling with an aggressive pitch. Gruden last coached in the NFL in 2008, his seventh season with Tampa Bay. He won the Super Bowl in his first year there, after moving over from Oakland.

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CBS’ Jason LaCanfora actually reported last week that Gruden could be “drawn to the possibility” of returning to Oakland. La Canfora also mentioned Atlanta as a landing spot that might intrigue Gruden.

Neither of those jobs are currently open, with Dennis Allen still in position in Oakland and Mike Smith apparently set to return for the Falcons. Of the six openings that have become available (Tampa Bay, Houston, Detroit, Minnesota, Washington and Cleveland), the Buccaneers’ gig figures to be out considering that Gruden was fired by the current ownership group.

Gruden’s possible financial demands could price him out of the picture for the others listed there.

Gruden’s brother, Jay, may be in line for a head coaching job himself this offseason. He’s been the Bengals’ offensive coordinator for the past three seasons and was a Buccaneers assistant from 2002-08.

93 comments
thomasew52
thomasew52

Its probably a lot easier to sit in the booth and analyze and criticize than it is to be down on the sidelines making the calls.  Money probably isn't bad in the booth either.

IdDoHannahStorm
IdDoHannahStorm

Don't you find it a bit odd that ESPN needs to quote the Pioneer Press on the status of one of its employees in regard to current NFL openings? 

shamy50
shamy50

What Gruden did at Tampa was not of his doing. He benefited from the years of Tony Dungee building a team.  Trying to look like a great coach and badass only goes so far. I don't think he has a lot to bring to the table and does better as an announcer,  

LeslieHoerwinkle
LeslieHoerwinkle

I bet if someone offered Chuckey one million dollars, he'd have to listen.

Hokieduck
Hokieduck

Any truth to the rumor that he said he would listen to an offer from the University of Texas?  Certainly, no monetary limitations in that job.  I question whether he would enjoy the recruiting aspect although I think he would be a tremendous recruiter.  Of course, Texas doesn't really need to recruit.  Like USC, Texas can just pick and choose from the 5 stars who line up to sign on the dotted line for those schools (and perhaps 2-3 others).

leon1376
leon1376

Who would want to coach for any of these knucklehead owners? He's set where he's at. He could do what he's doing for a long time. If he went back to coaching for a stupid owner, he'd be gone in 18 months. Then what? He'd be screwed, that's what. 

To make matters worse, football has become a game of rules. Got a rule for everything now, with more on the way. Plus, you got officials making funny calls that all too often determine the final score. Who wants to risk getting a coaching career damaged or destroyed by officials making phony calls, or non-calls? 

I have no idea what Gruden makes but he has to take home a million per year after taxes. That's around $40,000 every two weeks. Most of us could get by on that without eating too many mac and cheese dinners. 

Rb4
Rb4

He's one if not the best Monday Night Football analysts and ESPN would be remise not to extend his contract to at least 2020 with a nice bonus.

ElvisHitler
ElvisHitler

Please take a head coaching job just so we can get you out of the booth. Dude's pathetic.

Jim101
Jim101

I just want to put it on the record that I don't want to be considered for any of these jobs either.

FifthInTheOrder
FifthInTheOrder

Well, Mr Gruden, I hope every team that has an opening has read this article here or wherever else it's published and they hurry up and hire you.

Whatever
Whatever

I wish all these rumor mongers would just stop with Gruden. He's been out of the game for 5 seasons. He seems to really enjoy MNF and his status as ESPN's QB guru. Frankly he's smart for NOT getting back in the saddle.

ianlinross
ianlinross

Good for Gruds. Gets paid a lot of money to be around the game he loves with no idiot owner, media or fans to hound him. 

topfuelkevin
topfuelkevin

I don't know why he's considered such a great coach. He won a Super Bowl with the team Tony Dungy built and did nothing after that except run the Bucs into the ground and then get fired.

Fox
Fox

Maybe Gruden should just wait to be contacted before assuming every team with an opening is interested in a two faced coach with no integrity.

jdanosborn
jdanosborn

The only way John's coming back is if he has both the GM and Head Coaching roles, similar in my view for Bill Cowher

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

WHY does anyone want his 500 record? Had ONE good year in 10. whopee

JPG
JPG

Don't really care about Jon Gruden one way or another but always notice his scrunched nose.

That said, hat's off it him for his candor and honesty.  Whereas recently we've witnessed some football coaches that blew way past their prime (Mack Brown) to coaches that self-imploded (Mike Shanahan) Mr. Gruden offers a breath of fresh air.

Jon G. - this "Grinder"'s for you.

pvraymo
pvraymo

.....because I'm too busy boring people with my vanilla chalkboard "X's and O's" commentary.   Wish they would fire bad announcers as quick as they do head coaches.

Papi Del Negro..... Dont ask
Papi Del Negro..... Dont ask

Its not just my fantasy dream anymore. There is legite steam to this Oakland thing. Mark Davis has welcomed back Gruden intothe Raider family and is not old man Al that held grudges to his dying day. He says he doesnt want to be considered for any of the currently available jobs. But I promise you if Mark Davis called him and promised him a contract that payed him 8 million minimum a season and complete autonomy over the roster, he would come back home to Oakland. I hope my dream will become a reality and Chucky is once again a part of Raider Nation!!

mdamulligan
mdamulligan

He is waiting for the NY Giants, end of story.

MustafaaAbdallah
MustafaaAbdallah

To all you putting him down about his coaching and/or analyst job just think about this ... there's a great chance that someone at your place of employment finds fault or ineptness in your work and/or personality, as a matter of fact, the chances are probably increased with the fact that you exhibit that you obviously have  a "hater" and "jerk" aspect to you. Now, if someone at your place of employment (or really just anywhere in everyday life) expressed their displeasure with you, you would probably tell them to go "f#%k off" and be pissed at their audacity. Oh the irony. Truth bless. p.s. I would love to see him coach college.

LarryNotton
LarryNotton

A great coach and an even better TV commentator!

OK
OK

Gruden's found a home in the only place that gives him and gave Michael Lombardi credibility: a television studio.

BrianE
BrianE

He won a Super Bowl with Dungy's team.

dandogwood
dandogwood

Gruden was 95-81 in 14 years just a very average coach

JoeKidd2
JoeKidd2

@shamy50 Not true.He added quite a few players that first year.To bad dungy wasnt smart enough to get a quality OC.

dnolley
dnolley

@topfuelkevin  In the interest of full disclosure, I'm a Bucs fan and have been for many years. I would hope anyone reading this would take me at my word when I say my feelings for the Bucs don't color or influence my thoughts on Gruden. But it's only fair that you know that before I go on to say I'm not impressed with Gruden's overall record. What he did in Oakland was good, but nothing to write home about. He came to Tampa and took over an extremely talented team built by Dungy. How hard is it to win a Super Bowl with Dungy's team against a team you just left? Everyone talks about how he won with Dungy's team, but everyone seems to forget he beat the RAIDERS. His previous team. I'm not impressed. There is no way he didn't share with his new team, the strengths and tendencies of his old team. 


Dungy took the Bucs from laughing stocks to one of the most feared teams in the league. (Just ask Green Bay or Philly). The Tampa ownership was looking for a coach to complete what Dungy had started but couldn't seem to finish. Gruden was hired to come in, and put the finishing touches on a budding dynasty. But he apparently doesn't believe in the old adage, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." Gruden immediately went about dismantling a Super Bowl winning team and literally running it into the ground. Think for just a moment about the caliber of Pro Bowl players on that roster that were in their prime: Sapp, Quarles, Lynch, Brooks, Rice, Alstott,  and Brad Johnson. Seven players, five on defense. Then toss in Ronde Barber, Martin Grammatica, Greg Spires, Brian Kelly and a coaching staff that included Mike Tomlin and Raheem Morris. These guys should've been set for at least 3-4 years. But he got into pissing contests with Keyshawn Johnson, Sapp, Brooks and God only knows who else. That team saw just one more playoff season under Gruden and then, ignominy.


He's grating as an announcer, but I'd rather see him doing that than ruining another good team.   And now he's saying he wouldn't consider any of the current coaching jobs available. Right. Sure he wouldn't. If you can honestly say you wouldn't want to coach the talent in Houston or Detroit, then you shouldn't call yourself a coach. Think about it for just a second, coaching the Detroit defense, Matt Stafford and Megatron. 


So in addition to being a abject failure as a coach and the most annoying analyst on television, he also sounds like the worlds worst liar. I'm through with Gruden and the entire football should be too. 

Rb4
Rb4

@WHO*IS*ESPN Players like him, and anyone who follows football 'that counts' likes him and his earthy style of football announcing. He's a terrific MNF analyst.

JPG
JPG

@WHO*IS*ESPNNot really true.  Mr. Gruden won five division championships in 11 years with two different teams a one Super Bowl.

Give him his due.

UleNotknow
UleNotknow

@pvraymo Xs and Os? Just because you never got that far while struggling to memorize the alphabet...

htmurgatroid
htmurgatroid

@BrianEand Bill Callahan went to a Super Bowl with Gruden's team...and got beat by Gruden's Bucs.  so what?

ll316
ll316

@BrianE Something that Tony Dungy was unable to do.

Matthew W
Matthew W

@BrianE 

Correction

He took Dungy's team to the next step. 

Dungy put together some great defenses in Tampa, but his offense was ALWAYS anemic. Gruden came in and fixed the offense. He kept on coming up well short and walked into the best offense long term offense of the past decade in Indy. That's what got him over the hump...having all-pro after all-pro after all-pro after all-pro on Offense. 

Snow1779
Snow1779

@BrianE Exactly which is why he doesn't want to coach again & be exposed. He knows his TV gig is the best job & not worth leaving.

ll316
ll316

@dandogwood And Bill Belichick was well under .500 until Tom Brady started playing.  What's your point?

89RedSox
89RedSox

@dnolley@topfuelkevinKeyshawn Johnson and Sapp are 2 of the biggest divas in league history.  Of course they had spats - any coach would with either of those losers. 

anon76
anon76

@htmurgatroid


Callahan didn't know the Buc's audible system.  Gruden did know the Raider's audible system.  Shirley even you can see where such things might be advantageous to the opposing coach.

BrianE
BrianE

See Indianapolis Colts

Papi Del Negro..... Dont ask
Papi Del Negro..... Dont ask

2000 and 2001 were not flukes but rather his coaching and Bruce Allen's roster moves. If Siragusa hadnt sat on Gannon's head in the 2000 and the NFL conspire the next year with that tuck rule bs and I promise you Oakland would have had 2 Super Bowl appearances, maybe even trophies, under Gruden. Tampa he had his up and then down but he gave that franchise something they never had before him... An expected culture of winning.

anon76
anon76

@stagger


Rich Gannon was the NFL MVP the year after Gruden left, and in fact finished with the same number of MVPs and Elway had in his 15 year career.  Most coaches are capable of winning with an MVP-caliber QB.

OK
OK

@Matthew W

"Still outclasses every Dallas coach since Jimmy Johnson."

That's a bit like outclassing every case member of "Jersey Shore" in a Deportment and Common Sense Contest. 

ianlinross
ianlinross

@riley8 @WHO*IS*ESPN @JPG There are plenty of bad coaches out there. Gruden was one of the better ones when you consider his entire body of work going back to Green Bay.

riley8
riley8

@WHO*IS*ESPN @JPG Your argument is credible until you mention which 2 teams he coached for a 95-81 record.  Tampa Bay and the Raiders.  This guy is a legitimate coach whether you like it or not.