Report: Jon Gruden interested in returning to coaching

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Jan 23, 2015; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; ESPN broadcaster and Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Oakland Raiders former coach Jon Gruden at Team Irvin practice at Scottsdale Community College in advance of the 2015 Pro Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Get ready for a whole lot more of Spider 2 Y Banana.

According to Pewter Report, former Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Jon Gruden is interested in returning to coaching. He is currently an analyst on Monday Night Football for ESPN, a role he has held since May of 2009.

Gruden has a career coaching record of 95-81, including a victory in Super Bowl XXXVII. He last coached in the NFL in 2008, when he led Tampa Bay to a 9-7 record.


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Arguably his most successful season came in 2002, when his Buccaneers finished 12-4 and won the Super Bowl. This victory came in his first season with the team. Ironically, the win came against the Raiders, who traded him to Tampa Bay that offseason for draft picks.

Gruden had this to say about his potential return to coaching:

“I’ve met with several people – I won’t deny that,” Gruden said. “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.

He has been seemingly linked to every vacant head coaching job in the league since he became a broadcaster. If he were to end up following through on returning, then he would instantly become one of the hottest commodities on the market.

While it wouldn’t be wise to put all of your eggs in the basket for his return, it would certainly be an interesting possibility.

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