Sources are reporting that former Super Bowl winning head coach and current Monday Night Football analyst Jon Gruden may have an interest in returning to coach in the NFL as soon as the 2013 season, and could have his pick in several openings.
At the time of this article, eight coaches have already been fired or relieved of their duties. That is a quarter of the league before noon on Black Monday.
Mike Freeman of CBSSports has reported that Gruden is likely to interview for at least a couple of openings, although it is unknown as to which teams have already contacted him. Many expect that the Philadelphia Eagles and San Diego Chargers may have the most interest in hiring Gruden.
Still, with other teams such as the Chicago Bears now looking for a new head coach, Gruden will have his pick of jobs. I would not expect him to land with a team who is nowhere near competing for a Super Bowl championship, such as the Kansas City Chiefs or Cleveland Browns, but neither would I rule them out of the picture.
The Eagles and Bears may be the likeliest landing spots for Gruden, but you cannot count out teams such as the Chargers or Browns or Buffalo Bills. Also, the Tennessee Titans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Carolina Panthers and Arizona Cardinals could all still make moves to fire their current head coaches as well.
Either way, expect Gruden’s name to be the hottest one on the market this offseason.
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