November 17th, 2017 at 5:37 PM ^

But the whole Gruden thing doesn't make a whole lot of sense.  Dude has been out of the game so long, especailly in regards to college.  I think he's a huge name, I just don't see huge results coming from this at this stage in his career. 


November 17th, 2017 at 6:43 PM ^

Couldn't disagree more. I think Gruden going back to the NFL would have a high flop potential at this point but he would a lot of success at the college level imo. He'd no question become a great recruiter I don't think anyone would disagree with that. Huge name recognition, unbelievable energy and work ethic, NFL pedigree and the kind of personality a lot of kids and families are going to fall in love with. A bit of a mad man but he's also the genius article, he is who he is and doesn't apologize. This all sounds strangely familiar.

He would hire elite level coordinators while he learns on the job adjusting to the college game and again insatiable work ethic. His offensive background is west coast run heavy and he also enjoys having mobile
Qbs and is very open minded. He would salivate at the opportunity to implement modern college schemes into his offense.


November 17th, 2017 at 6:55 PM ^

He would be a disaster in college, man. He is nothing like Harbaugh. He's never been so much as a coordinator in the college game, let alone a head coach. He himself literally said that he would hate recruiting, multiple times! Can you imagine that dude in some kids living room? Yes he is crazy, but he is not Harbaugh's type of crazy and he's not Harbaugh's type of football genius either. Comparing the two is football fan malpractice.


Also, he wasn't a great coach in the NFL like Harbaugh was. He won a Super Bowl but also finished in the bottom two in his division more often than he won it. He finished with just above a .500 record as an NFL coach. He would bring Tennessee another decade of 7-5 and 8-4 and another decade away from relevancy. He would like a lot more like Lovie Smith in college than Jim Harbaugh.

Navy Wolverine

November 17th, 2017 at 9:59 PM ^

ESPN currently pays $1.9B per year for MNF. Some speculation that ESPN will ask Gruden for a paycut considering the recent troubles with their business (including 100 additional layoffs pending including on-air talent). What ESPN decides to do with MNF when the contract expires in 2021 will be a big indicator on how fast their business is deteriorating (the NFL will be looking for more $$$ not less). During the 10 years of the existing contract, ESPN will have lost 30% of their subscribers. 

Gruden may be looking at the ESPN ship and realize that it is starting to sink. He is 53ish right now and his window to get back into coaching may be closing. A lot of speculation about Tennessee because of close family connections (he was a grad asst there, wife was a cheerleader there, son goes there now, in-laws live near Knoxville....). 

He could probably demand $10M per year at Tennessee with a huge buyout just in case he flames. Not bad for calling Spider 2 Y Banana every other play.

Steve in PA

November 17th, 2017 at 5:49 PM ^

He was supposed to be USC's coach and got "Herbied" then they hired Kiffen.  I actually was hoping M would make a run at him this last search before JH became a real possibility.

I can't see Gruden going back to coaching.  The number I heard was $20M/year between his ESPN gig and all the other stuff.  Why go back when you can bank that with little stress?  I think he's following the Madden career path.


November 17th, 2017 at 6:35 PM ^

I talked to two guys at the bar last night - they were betting games.  They said they know the Grudens and that Jon says," I make $5 million a year working 16 days a year"...doesn't sound like he wants to coach again.  They also said Jay Gruden tips them off on bets and that Gruden's wife bets big!


November 17th, 2017 at 7:15 PM ^

I hear Brian Billick, Bill Cowher, Tony Dungy, Jimmie Johnson, Don Shula, John Madden and every other coach alive who previously won a Superbowl are viable candidates, as well.


November 17th, 2017 at 7:32 PM ^

Seriously. I'm asking in terms of does anyone have any sort of documentation or footage of him saying "Yeah, I'd like to coach again". I know everyone says $$$ and he'll have full control of the team but it's not like the guy hasn't had chances to get back to the NFL or CFB. In fact, I want to say for the past 4-5 years of coaching vacancies his name is constantly brought up but it seems to be all smoke, no fire.


November 17th, 2017 at 7:38 PM ^

He’s too fat n happy for the college game. Fuck that. Make his millions in the booth. Zero pressure there with his knowledge of the game.

His Dudeness

November 17th, 2017 at 7:44 PM ^

Ahhhhh this will never get old.

Do you think Chucky has a throne that he cackles himself to sleep in every night as he strokes a hairless cat and reads of all the places that desperately covet him?

He has money. I think he could make that happen?


November 17th, 2017 at 9:25 PM ^

It would make sense and he should get a look, but USC fans seem to want to get rid of him. I know he's a great recruiter but they seem to dislike his schemes/playcalling. I guess they had to promote him to OC this year to get him to stay around and it hasn't been great. But also their offense is 14th in S&P so who knows.

Clarence Boddicker

November 17th, 2017 at 8:45 PM ^

Some Bleacher Report guy says Frost and NU are close to a 7year $35mil deal. (The link is not to Bleacher Report. I wouldn't do that to you, dear reader.)

"The Huskers could be closing in on a massive deal to hire Central Florida head coach Scott Frost, according to one report.

"Nebraska is 'close' to a 7-year, $35 million agreement to bring Frost back to Lincoln, per Lars Anderson of Bleacher Report. No other reports have confirmed this, nor has the school."