Each season, ESPN analyst Jon Gruden’s name comes up for head coaching positions. It’s already surfaced in the last week with an over anxious Tennessee Volunteers fan adding his name as the next head coach of the team on his Wikipedia page. I believe once you are in the NFL game and win a Super Bowl, there is no going back to the college game. It appears that several head coaching jobs might be open for the current co-host of Monday Night Football. Gruden has already stated he’d like to return to the sidelines, but he is negotiating from a position of strength, he is already employed and drawing a handsome salary. Where might he land in 2013?
San Diego Chargers- Norv Turner has to be on his way out of town. This is a Chargers team that continues to underwhelm fans. If the Chargers can’t get a new stadium deal struck, they are going to have to do something in order to get fans back in the seats. Gruden has expressed his love for California in the past. He gets a veteran QB in Philip Rivers to work with and he’d get to square off twice a year against the quarterback he call’s the Sheriff, Peyton Manning.High probability.
Philadelphia Eagles- With each passing week, it appears that Andy Reid will be looking for work after this season is over. The Eagles continue to underachieve on the field. The ownership might send Michael Vick packing as well. That would leave Gruden with a rookie quarterback in Nick Foles. Gruden loves veteran signal callers, and does not work well with rookies. If Vick is released, low probability of seeing Gruden.
Dallas Cowboys- There are going to be some comprehensive changes coming for the Dallas Cowboys this offseason. This is not a team which is going to reach deep into the playoffs and Jerry Jones has to be frustrated about that once again this year. With Dallas, Gruden would get a veteran quarterback and a pretty stacked offensive mix. Jerry Jones suggested that the window might be closing on the Cowboy’s chances of winning a Super Bowl, so bringing in Gruden for 2-3 years might be the perfect fit. However, if he is hired, expect clashes between Jones and Gruden over personnel.
The other NFL team Gruden has long been linked to is the Cleveland Browns. I believe Gruden has no desire to head up that team under new management and assume a 30 year old quarterback heading into his second season.
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