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Gruden says 'I'll be back at ESPN' next year

Posted on: December 31, 2011 12:27 pm
GrudenBy Josh Katzowitz

Rumors have been swirling the past few weeks that Jon Gruden will leave ESPN’s Monday Night Football set and return to the sidelines to coach in 2012.

Two of Mike Freeman’s sources told him recently that Gruden is indeed leaning toward coaching next season. As Freeman wrote, “Some of this might be semantics. I'm told Gruden wants to see what positions he could possibly get before making a 100 percent final decision and that he hasn't officially made one yet because of the uncertainty … And while I fully expect Gruden to issue a statement with some sort of non-denial/denial saying he's happy at ESPN, he's eyeing a return.”

And now we’ve got that non-denial/denial saying he’s happy at ESPN.

"I love my job and I'll be back at ESPN with the guys,'' Gruden told the Tampa Tribune. "I'm not going anywhere.”

The hottest rumor states that, assuming A.J. Smith is fired as general manager by the Chargers, the Rams will hire him and Gruden to help turn around that franchise. We’ve even got to the point of wondering whether Smith and Gruden would prefer Robert Griffin III or Andrew Luck at quarterback instead of Sam Bradford. Not so fast, Gruden said.

"I enjoy being with our ESPN team,'' Gruden said. "I'm staying put.”

But be advised to be wary of whatever Gruden says. After all, if you listen to former VP of officiating Mike Pereira, Gruden is a blowhard, and even more damning than that is when Gruden’s former quarterback, Shaun King, called him "inherently dishonest.”

Which means, I guess, that we still have no idea what Gruden ultimately wants. And probably won’t until the Rams (or some other squad) ultimately are in need of a new coach.

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Since: Nov 27, 2011
Posted on: December 31, 2011 8:20 pm

Gruden says 'I'll be back at ESPN' next year

I can see Gruden going to the Rams.
I hope he goes somewhere.

Since: Jun 10, 2011
Posted on: December 31, 2011 6:47 pm

Gruden says 'I'll be back at ESPN' next year

Shawn King?   haha.  King thinks he was a NFL QB, dude sucked and is lucky to have been in the NFL (thanks to Dungy).  Gruden put King in his place and King has been pissed ever since.  Gruden's the man. 

Since: Jun 3, 2011
Posted on: December 31, 2011 6:40 pm

Gruden says 'I'll be back at ESPN' next year

Much like Bill Cowher John Grudens name will rise up at the end of every season, the curse of being a quality coach with a Super Bowl ring.  I think Gruden is happy with the gig at ESPN and it requires a lot less work, much less than the 60-80 hour weeks he was working in the NFL, another trait he shared with Cowher.  It would be a complete surprise to see Gruden back on any sideline again but not out of the question.

Since: Jun 29, 2008
Posted on: December 31, 2011 6:25 pm

Gruden says 'I'll be back at ESPN' next year

Another year with the big mouth"s opinionated worthlless comments. I can't believe
he hasn't broken his arm patting himself on the back. If you are going to represent ESPN
on national television it would seem like a good idea to LEARN THE FRIGGIN RULES OF THE GAME
Jon boy. 

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: December 31, 2011 6:22 pm

Gruden says 'I'll be back at ESPN' next year

It's done. The fact that Jon Gruden came out and tol anyone who would listen (not many according to the comments here) he will be the next coach of

He should take it because he will probably never have this opportunity again. Gruden never did much with his own players when he was coaching the Raiders. He only won one Super Bowl in Tampa Bay with Tony Dungy's players and schemes....and oh yeah...he beat the team he used to coach one year later. Doesn't take a genius to beat your old team when they don't change the plays. Jon Gruden is overhyped just like Jay Gruden and his work with Andy Dalton. If the Bengals were really such a good team than why would Carson Palmer stop playing for them.  

Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: December 31, 2011 6:05 pm

Gruden says 'I'll be back at ESPN' next year

Gruden is awesome as an announcer and a coach.

Since: Mar 10, 2009
Posted on: December 31, 2011 5:59 pm

Gruden says 'I'll be back at ESPN' next year

Now MNF fans can count on the soothing sounds of Gruden, and his delightful + spot-on insight.

"This guy here (enter mediocre NFL player name), he might be the best in the business"

After a routine catch by fringe NFL receiver, "He might be the most dangerous receiver in the game"

After a 4 yard gain by back-up RB, "Nobody is better at getting those tough yards inside".

Let's not foget the 25+ times a broadcast we get the Gruden, "Let me tell you ........".

Some team needs to come in with a Don Corleone offer he can't refuse type deal, because Gruden needs to be removed from the announcing booth. 

Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: December 31, 2011 5:52 pm

Gruden says 'I'll be back at ESPN' next year

Notmyown61, Gruden was just smart enough not to have Sean King as his starting QB, playing Brad Johnson instead. Otherwise, this was a Tony Dungy team that won the Super Bowl. Gruden then destroyed the Bucs roster the following year, and have not recovered since. Look it up.

Since: Dec 18, 2011
Posted on: December 31, 2011 4:35 pm

Gruden says 'I'll be back at ESPN' next year

Gruden is wishy washy , one minute he says yes then the next no to coaching again.
I don't know which to believe but I am growing tired of it.
It's one of those I'll believe it when I see it deals.

Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: December 31, 2011 4:21 pm

Gruden says 'I'll be back at ESPN' next year

Bad news--to all MNF fans because he simply sucks at being an announcer.  I can hardly stand watching MNF any more.
Yeah, let's bring back Tony Kornheiser... or Dennis Miller...

No matter which way you cut it, it will never the same without Madden.

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