Jon Gruden Reveals He's Preparing For A "Comeback" To Coaching


Still, Raider Nation would surely be interested to find that Jon Gruden expressed interest in coaching again after spending eight years as an analyst for ESPN's Monday Night Football. "People - just about every year I talk about coming back to coach". I'm not in here every day at 4:30 or 4:00 in the morning watching pinball. I'm preparing myself to come back. I am.

"It helps me in my broadcasting and I think if you lose that edge ... you can't come back unless you are totally wired with college football, personnel, schemes, the CBA, how people are practicing, trends, you know. You've got stay on top of this stuff", he explained.

Over his 11 year span, Gruden racked up a record of 95-81, but his biggest accomplishment had to be winning the Super Bowl with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2002. One thing is for sure when it comes to Jon Gruden - if and when he makes it official that he would love to coach again, his phone will be ringing quite a bit from both the pro and college levels.

Of course, Gruden's going to give up $6.5 million a year to take over a program that's now punishing itself while it waits for the NCAA to hand out even more. Like a storybook ending, Gruden led the Bucs to a 48-21 lopsided victory in Super Bowl 37 over the team he had coached the previous four seasons, the Oakland Raiders.

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Every year, the same question is asked of a handful of former National Football League coaches: are you coming back? The former coach gave a fantastic quote about how the research for his ESPN job is preparing him for a potential return to the sidelines. "He's always been emphatic when he talks, but he wants to coach me - or anyone that walks through the doors at the FFCA building for that matter - rather than just do an interview for". It's not like this would be the first time Notre Dame fans have hoped for Gruden, and it makes a lot of sense. And Gruden himself is not all that happy that his friend and ex-partner Mike Tirico bolted the network and is no longer in the booth with him.

"You can hear it in Gruden's voice", Pewter Report's Scott Reynolds wrote. That hasn't stopped an onslaught of Gruden coaching rumors seemingly every offseason since he was sacked by the Buccaneers following the end of the 2008 regular season.

The Jets have a coach in Todd Bowles who is on even shakier ground than Mike McCarthy and will more than likely be gone with another losing season. I am a broadcaster, not a coach.

When ESPN hired Rex Ryan this spring, I wasn't surprised. But if we're all being honest, Gruden was the backup running back taking it in from inside the 2-yard line after Hall of Fame coach Tony Dungy did the heavy lifting by building a historic defense with the Buccaneers.