There is always speculation regarding MNF announcer and analyst Jon Gruden, but I wonder if he tipped his hand tonight during the broadcast of the New England Patriots at the Miami Dolphins. During a back and forth, filler time banter between Gruden and Ron Jaworski, Gruden fired off this when speaking about the Dolphins around the 5 minute mark in the second quarter. “I want to bring back the glory days of the Miami Dolphins……77 times on Monday Night Football, great tradition”.
Hmmm. Perhaps, Gruden is evoking his inner-Madden, wanting the NFL to return to the alignment of the days of old, or perhaps is he a coach in waiting to take over in 2012 for Tony Sparano? I have no information on this other than what I heard with my own ears during the broadcast, but with the current ownership of the Dolphins, I could believe there might be a deal already in place for Gruden to head to South Florida next season.
This is a team which openly courted Jim Harbaugh while Tony Sparano was hung out to dry. The Dolphins went out and openly entered into trade discussions with the Denver Broncos for Kyle Orton, but discussions broke down, and Chad Henne remains the starter.
This might have been a harmless statement by Gruden, but I did find it curious that Gruden said he wants wants to bring the glory days back to the Dolphins. I never bought into any of the stories linking Gruden to a NFL coaching job in 2011, but I have stood by my assertion that he will return in 2012. Could he be headed over to Miami?