NFL Head Coaching Rumors: Chris Mortensen Says Keep An Eye On Jon Gruden

December 9, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers former head coach Jon Gruden talks during a presentation celebrating the 10th anniversary of the 2002 Super Bowl Champions during halftime against the Philadelphia Eagles at Raymond James Stadium. The Eagles won 23-21. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

NFL coaching rumors are starting to heat up and they won’t be going away any time soon. As we examine the possible head coaching candidates for the job openings.

One name that continues to pop up is former Super Bowl winning head coach and current ESPN Monday Night Football analyst Jon Gruden. The talking heads at ESPN want us to believe that Gruden is happy in the booth and tied into his contract with the sports media giant, but the reality is Gruden could return to the sidelines if the right opportunity presented itself.

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen acknowledged today on Mike and Mike in the Morning that you have to consider Gruden a viable candidate for the job openings around the league.

“I have to say, we all have to watch our Jon Gruden — ESPN’s Jon Gruden,” Mortensen said. “It makes everybody at ESPN nervous when we say that, but we haven’t heard one way or the other. He is very happy at ESPN, but we know that he is on the tip of a lot of tongues with NFL people.”

If Gruden was to return to the sidelines, you would have to imagine he would want to go to take the best opportunity to hoist a Lombardi Trophy again. He would also want a team with an established veteran signal-caller. That is why you would have to keep an eye on the Chicago Bears.

Another team to watch in the Gruden sweepstakes, that has yet to fire their head coach, is the Dallas Cowboys.

Topics: Jon Gruden, NFL

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  • andrew houck

    Both Dallas and Chicago are teams that seem to be on a downslope. Tony Romo isn’t as much an ‘established signal caller’ as he is an ‘established choke artist’. I would be flabbergasted if Gruden went to Dallas where JJ need to retain an obscene amount of control for himself. I don’t see Chucky wanting to deal with that.

    • http://www.facebook.com/bill.riddle.5 Bill Riddle

      He gave Bill Parcells the keys for a while so why not Gruden?

      • http://www.facebook.com/bill.riddle.5 Bill Riddle

        The Cowboys have alot to work with and with the addition of a few players through the draft and Good Coaching could take the team where they want to go. What better notch for a coach to put on his belt than to take a 17 year struggling America’s team back to the winners circle.

  • amycanter

    They’re saying here http://www.ficksitall.blogspot.com that chip Kelly already accepted the Browns job.

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