Lets All Ban Together And Not Talk How Jon Gruden Is Associated With Every Future NFL Coaching Vacancy

With NFL black Monday coming in a week and with the Cardinals parting ways with Bruce Arians a little over an hour ago, we the fans of the NFL are about to experience the annual pastime of hearing about how Jon Gruden is coming out of the booth/retirement to go enter the coaching ranks again. Even on Christmas Eve, we couldn’t escape the Gruden talk.

Gruden has been doing Monday Night Football since 2009 and not a month goes by not a month where I don’t have to hear about how someone spoke with Jon Gruden or Jon Gruden told some homeless guy that he might be interested in coming back to the NFL. Here are some of the rumors I could find

This is about Gruden and the Colts from 2014

This is about Gruden and the Tennessee Voulnteers from this year where Jon mentioned Knoxville TN amidst tons of rumors about him being interested in the job

From early this year

ESPN reported Saturday that the Colts talked with Gruden about the position. There have been conflicting reports in recent weeks on whether current coach Chuck Pagano will be retained after the Colts’ 8-8 season. ESPN’s Adam Schefter says the other two teams that Gruden rejected were the Rams and 49ers.

The Tennessee Titans got involved because why the hell not

Some close to Gruden noted the Titans job as another that would uniquely appeal to Gruden should it open up — he has strong family ties to Tennessee and has been a champion of quarterback Marcus Mariota — noting they suspect the former coach would be selective about which jobs he would entertain but acknowledging the field this offseason could skew uniquely to his liking.

And the most recent one is him heading back to Tamp Bay brought to you by Ian Rapoport

“Gruden right now is going through the process of reaching out to for former assistants and friends in the coaching industry just to see if they would be available, if they would potentially come with him if he were be able to get a head coaching job. And of course the Tampa Bay Buccaneers do have Dirk Koetter on the hot seat — that would be his preferred destination. The Bucs have often swung big. They’d have to give up a lot of money to outbid ESPN and pay Gruden what he would want — something that would be worth it to come back to coaching. As a source close to him told me, this year may actually be different.”

Basically, if you type in every single team on Google, not just in the NFL or college but every football team on Earth regardless of age you can find an article and a quote by someone saying Jon had a conversation about coaching their team.

And of course Gruden had to tease the masses by saying this

“Gruden right now is going through the process of reaching out to for former assistants and friends in the coaching industry just to see if they would be available, if they would potentially come with him if he were be able to get a head coaching job. And of course the Tampa Bay Buccaneers do have Dirk Koetter on the hot seat — that would be his preferred destination. The Bucs have often swung big. They’d have to give up a lot of money to outbid ESPN and pay Gruden what he would want — something that would be worth it to come back to coaching. As a source close to him told me, this year may actually be different.” 

Why would this year be any different besides that it’s the next year? Eventually, you have to go with the fool me once, shame on mantra with all this. I won’t believe it until it happens. I understand that it’s sort of newsworthy but can’t we better than blindly chasing rumors of Jon Gruden coaching again? The answer is no way.

Also, let it be known that I’m not fully anti Jon Gruden. The guy won a Super Bowl where most have not. The guy is a very good coach. No denying that. But we say that Brian Billick won a Super Bowl because he had a great defense and that guy never gets associated with coaching jobs. Gruden did the same thing with a defense that he didn’t assemble. Tony Dungy did the leg work with that team. Credit to Gruden for getting them over the hump, but he’s not some kind of offensive or defensive innovator a label I know gets thrown around a lot in today’s NFL. He’s also not looked at as a Xs and Os savant. He’s an overall good coach and there’s nothing wrong with that. I just never bought into all the hype about him like he’s a combination of Lombardi and Belichick. I can easily see him being regulated to being an average head coach in todays NFL and I’m sure if that happened there will be tons of excuses of why like his QB never panned out or injuries or having a bad GM. Something to make it not his fault because he’s a character the NFL wants to be in forefront of the league. A guy who can do no wrong. Trust me, all the talking heads out there would love to report every 5 seconds how Gruden gets into work at 3:30AM and leaves at 2:30AM and is nocturnal. They love that spot. But guess what? Others have done that too, but they don’t all look like a Chucky doll.

So since it’s innevetible that we’re going to discuss Gruden potentially headed to every team in the league, lets take an oath to not do that and just wait and see how Gruden shoots down every job and returns for MNF. You know, until he takes a NFL head coaching job and I’m completely wrong about all this.

@2ndSatSports

 

 

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