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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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Comments

Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: December 31, 2011 4:17 pm
 

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

I would think that after being Stuck working with JAWS for the last 3 years Gruden will Jump at a offer to get back on the field...




Since: Jun 22, 2009
Posted on: December 31, 2011 4:16 pm
 

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

If Freeman said Gruden was interested in the Rams job, that likely means he has no interest.  Furthermore, Freeman is probably angling to suggest that Gruden's already the Rams' choice, which thereby might violate the Rooney rule and allow Freeman to get on his racism soapbox.  However, when all the smoke clears over the next couple weeks, I am one Rams fan who would definitely welcome Gruden, or Jeff Fisher or Brian Billick for that matter.  We could definitely do worse than those guys.  In the end, the fact that Freeman started this rumor suggests that it is just that, nothing more than a rumor.



Since: Oct 29, 2006
Posted on: December 31, 2011 4:05 pm
 

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

IF this is true:

Good news---to all NFL teams, because Gruden sucks!  Why do you think he was fired by TB and traded by OAK?

Bad news--to all MNF fans because he simply sucks at being an announcer.  I can hardly stand watching MNF any more.



Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: December 31, 2011 3:57 pm
 

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

Amazing how people like Rams fans for example wouldn't want Jon Gruden. Jon did something in Tampa that Tony Dungy couldn't do and that is to lead the to a Super Bowl championship. The Rams have little chance in the foreseeable decade to win anything.



Since: Apr 26, 2008
Posted on: December 31, 2011 3:32 pm
 

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

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Regards,
All St. Louis Rams football fans 



Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: December 31, 2011 3:25 pm
 

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

If Freeman is involved or mentioned in this article its a pile of manure. I don't believe Freeman any further  than I can throw my F250.



Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: December 31, 2011 3:06 pm
 

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

I think I'm more wary of what Freeman says.
Amen to that.

There are certain subject(s) on which he's an expert.  This isn't one of them. 



Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: December 31, 2011 3:01 pm
 

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

How does a guy have a choice between two 7-figure careers, while not being very good at either of them?



Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: December 31, 2011 2:54 pm
 

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

"But be advised to be wary of whatever Gruden says."


I think I'm more wary of what Freeman says.



Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: December 31, 2011 2:33 pm
 

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

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 . "I'm not going anywhere.”


How is this a non-denial/denial.  This is a denial, period.  And, one CBS writer trying to cover for another.  I will be back at ESPN and I am not going anywhere are pretty defenitive statements.  Saying he is happy at ESPN would be the non-denial/denial.  But, he went so far as to say that he is not going anywhere.  That is my free lesson to the writers and bloggers here at CBS on comprehending what is said and written. 


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