Current ESPN analyst Jon Gruden always generates interest at this time of the year when it appears that coaching vacancies will be opening up. Last week, a rumor surfaced that Gruden was interviewing prospects for a possible coaching staff and his return to the sidelines in 2013 was inevitable. It now appears that Jon Gruden will return to the sidelines of the Oakland Raiders, the team which gave him his first head coaching opportunity.
Gruden’s return is not to head the Raiders coaching staff, but rather a ceremonial appearance this weekend to the Raider’s stadium. Gruden will attend the Oakland Raiders-New Orleans Saints game this Sunday and will light the Al Davis Memorial Flame prior to the start of the game.
Gruden joins former Raiders legends such as Marcus Allen and John Madden as team icons to have attended games in order to light the memorial flame.
Gruden is firmly ensconced in the Monday Night Football broadcast booth and has the luxury of choosing which team he wants to join if and when he decides to return to the sidelines. Gruden has been the subject of rumors linking him to nearly every coaching vacancy over the past few years from Notre Dame, the University of Tennessee to the Cleveland Browns and most recently, the Philadelphia Eagles.