Let the rumors begin.
The current Monday Night Football color analyst is almost always linked to at least one team every NFL offseason, and this year seems like no exception.
According to Paul Domowitch of the Philadelphia Daily News, Gruden has talked to Eagles owner, Jeff Lurie, about the prospect of becoming the team's next head coach. While nothing is imminent, it is well known that Gruden, who has most recently coached in 2008 for the Tampa Bay Bucs, wants one last go-around as a NFL head coach.
However, according to Domowitch, Lurie is looking at assistant coaches around the NFL instead of Gruden because he is afraid of Gruden’s relationship with Eagles vice president of football operations Howie Roseman.
Could Gruden do a better job than Chip Kelly did with the Philadelphia Eagles? Probably. However, according to multiple reports, Jon Gruden is ESPN's highest paid on-air personality, with an annual salary of $6.5 million, does he really want to leave a relatively stress-free job to become the head coach of an underachieving football team with a ruthless fanbase?
As a fan of football and guys that don't know when to shut up, I would hate to see Jon Gruden leave the booth. One of the only things that makes a Tennessee Titans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars MNF game bearable is hearing Gruden's love-fest for every football player on the field for 3 hours.
Regardless of what Gruden decides, is there any way that we can make a clause in his contract that he has to continue his QB Camp at all costs? Not because its informative, but rather I have never seen study quarterbacks more uncomfortable.
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Gruden has since come out and denounced his interest in the head coaching job, but this is definitely something to keep an eye on as the playoffs wrap up and teams start to get ready for next season.
By Pete Packowski