For months now, ESPN analyst Jon Gruden has said he has got absolutely no intention of leaving his comfy, multi-milion dollar gig at the four letter network to return to the NFL. For months now, we’ve all been calling his bluff and it appears that the people have been right all long, as Mike Freeman from CBSSports.com is reporting that Gruden is willing to interview for the various head coaching jobs that are both now and soon to be available.
There was a lot of talk about Gruden leaving ESPN to take the Tennessee Volunteers job last month, but those talks eventually went nowhere. But the reason Gruden didn’t take the Vols job, or at least the logic behind it, is that he was holding out for Black Monday and a potential return to the NFL.
From the Freeman column:
However, privately, the Gruden camp has acted differently, and let it be known the former coach is interested in returning to the NFL. This doesn’t mean he will return. This means he’s interested in doing so if the right job opens up.
With the Browns, Eagles and Chiefs job officially available as well as a gig in San Diego on the table, Gruden will be the cream of the crop when it comes to who the top dog on the NFL coaching market is. Chip Kelly is currently the hottest name out there, but with the supposed declaration that Gruden is willing to listen to offers, college boy is taking a back seat and is now second best.
However, as we fell into it earlier this month, and as we always do, linking Gruden to coaching jobs is like linking Kim Kardashian to sex tapes. It’s going to happen whether we want it to or not, so we might as well just kick back and enjoy it while it’s still interesting.