When the Texans fired Gary Kubiak last week, a report by John Clayton of ESPN put former Raiders and Tampa Bay head coach Jon Gruden of ESPN’s Monday Night Football broadcasts as a candidate for the job.
It seems that Gruden either had second thoughts, or Clayton was simply throwing Jon’s name into the ring without asking his fellow Bristol co-worker if he was ready to leave the cushy color commentator role on Monday nights for the 14 hour days of NFL heading coaching.
Another report from ESPN has the ESPN employee and 2014 NFL Hall of Fame ballot candidate away from a return to coaching for at least another year. Chris Mortensen reported Sunday morning that Gruden is “not expected” to pursue a job opening for the 2014 season.
Per Mortensen, Gruden has a “strong commitment” to continue in his ESPN duties and his work with high school coaches around the country. We will see if Gruden has anything to say about the discussion in his role as Monday Night Football analyst when the Cowboys and Bears square off on Monday in Chicago.
This report pretty much kills any “Gruden to Oakland” movements this offseason and it is not surprising that Gruden, who walked away from coaching after a fallout in Tampa Bay isn’t exactly crazy about jumping back into a demanding world filled with pressures, headaches, and long hours when he gets to live the dream of talking about football on Monday Night Football each week. It should also be mentioned that Gruden’s MNF salary is high enough to keep him from taking longer hours for more money. Unless the perfect job comes, expect Gruden to continue a similar career path to former Raiders coaching legend John Madden and stay in the booth for as long as the television networks welcome him.