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Whenever a team even thinks about firing a coach, Jon Gruden's name is mentioned as a possible candidate for the job. He's been listed as a candidate for just about every opening over the past few years, but he would prefer we all stop doing that.
Gruden told Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press Monday when contacted about the Vikings opening that he thinks Leslie Frazier is a great dude and he doesn't "want to be considered for any of these jobs."
"I don't want to be considered for any of these jobs," Gruden said. "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."
(Real quickly: those jobs would be the Lions, Redskins, Vikings, Texans, Browns and Buccaneers.) Good for Gruden, although it probably won't do him much good. The ESPN Monday Night Football analyst is a hot commodity in the coaching world, if only because no one can seem to lure him out of the announcing booth.
There's been lots of speculation that Gruden would like the Raiders job, which isn't yet open. Raiders owner Mark Davis hasn't guaranteed Dennis Allen's safety, but expects him back. What's interesting is Davis' comments on having any discussions with Gruden, which did not involve the word "no."
"I'll never talk about what I'm doing in those respects," Davis told the Bay Area News Group on Monday. "It's such a competitive business, there's no reason anyone should know what I'm thinking until I do it."
The Raiders job also wouldn't fall under "any of these jobs," the phrase Gruden used. But it's worth noting the spirit of what Gruden's going for here. Guys are losing their jobs and he doesn't like being associated as the reason someone would get the boot.
It's not hard to blame him, but that doesn't mean his name will stop being mentioned in coaching searches. Just ask Bill Cowher.