Every time there’s a coaching vacancy — and even sometimes when there isn’t — Jon Gruden’s name invariably pops up as a possible candidate. Gruden coached for 11 seasons in Oakland and Tampa Bay, and won a Super Bowl with the Buccaneers following the 2002 season. But he was fired by the Bucs in January 2009, and by May of that year he was hired by ESPN to serve as color commentator for Monday Night Football. And for the last eight years, that’s where he has remained.
But the speculation about Gruden’s return to the sideline continues, partly because he was successful in his previous stint (95-81 in those 11 seasons), and partly because Gruden admits that he is preparing to coach again.
“I’ve met with several people — I won’t deny that,” Gruden told PewterReport.com’s Scott Reynolds and Trevor Sikkema. “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. You know? I’m preparing myself to come back. I am. Every day. I’m preparing to come back.