Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Jon Gruden name is frequently linked to coaching vacancies in both college and the NFL. Eight coaching vacancies have opened around the NFL this season, but Gruden has not officially been linked to any of the openings and has not interviewed with any team according to reports. CBS insider Jason LaCanfora suggested this weekend that Gruden was contacted by four teams this offseason.
LaCanfora reported that sources told him that four college and NFL teams contacted Gruden but the opportunities presented to the ESPN broadcaster were not to his liking. No exact teams were named.
One team did potentially appeal to Gruden however, but the team did not fire their head coach. Sources told LaCanfora that Gruden really wanted the head coaching position with the Carolina Panthers. The opportunity to work with Cam Newton was appealing to Gruden. That is sort of ironic. On Gruden’s television show, Gruden’s Quarterback camp, where he sits down with quarterback prospects preparing to enter the NFL Draft, Gruden was hard on Newton.
During the show, Gruden asked Newton to recite a single play out of the Auburn playbook but Newton couldn’t recite one. That led many to question Newton’s potential heading into the draft.
Ultimately, sources to LaCanfora that Carolina never fired head coach Ron Rivera and the organizational flow of the team did not appeal to Gruden in the end. If Rivera leads the Panthers to another 7-9 season in 2013, Gruden might get his chance next season.