was ahead of the curve this summer when we broke the story that former Super Bowl winning head coach, Jon Gruden, wants to come back to coaching.

Since that time, national media outlets have been trying to talk to Gruden themselves to get a pulse on things. Most recently, according to Pro Football Talk, Gruden’s desire for coaching grows as the national light is shined on it.

Gruden recently talked to Rich Eisen of the NFL Network about a possibility to come back to coaching, and this is what he had to say:

“It’s in your blood. You get some people calling maybe to see if you’re interested in coaching again and maybe if you can help recommend a couple of guys. I’m pretty much involved with every level of football every day of the week, so I try to help if I can.”

The interesting part in all of this is that we know Gruden loves the Buccaneers. He still lives in Tampa, and has made amends with the Glazers.

As Koetter’s seat gets hotter this season, Gruden’s attractiveness grows.

“One of these days, who knows, Rich? One of these days, you never know,” Gruden said.

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3 years ago

Didn’t yall swear off PFT as fish wrap reporting?

3 years ago

Man, I’d love to see Gruden come back. He’s got a lot of hype and I know free agents would rather play for him than Koetter/Smith. Koetter is on borrowed time IMO.

Maybe Gruden can get Derrick Brooks to coach up Lavonte, Kwon, and the rest of the LB’s. Would love to see Ronde coaching the secondary as well.. or Joey Galloway as the WR coach. Maybe even get Rice/Spires/Sapp in the D-line room. Bring back the Super Bowl squad. I️ can’t watch anymore of rah Morris, schiano, Lovie Smith, or Koetter

3 years ago

Unless you know something you are not willing to state in public, this is no new Breaking News. Your thoughts Trevor?

3 years ago

What a complete non-story yet again! I only have myself to blame at this point for expecting a hard story on this topic.

3 years ago

Is this what PR has become?

Breaking stories to pat themselves on the back?

Solid stuff, guys.

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3 years ago

We’ll see how things work out come the end of the regular season. Jon Gruden certainly sounds like someone who would be willing to discuss a job in the NFL. Not necessarily with the Bucs, but the Bucs are an obvious potential.

3 years ago

I think it’s pretty likely Gruden will coach in the NFL again but Winston is not the type of QB wants to work with. In fact Winston is the opposite of the kind of QB that Gruden likes. He hates guys at the positions that make poor decisions. Don’t focus on the commentary praise he gives Winston that’s just lip service for his current role. Gruden likes QB that follow the script and are good decision makers. He has and will choose a game manager over someone that is inconsistent like Winston. So while I would like Gruden back in… Read more »

3 years ago

It would be too good to be true. Either the Glazers will be stupid enough to hang on to Koetter another year, or Gruden is just talking trash again and won’t go anywhere. I knew last year when Koetter was asked why the Bucs were doing so good and he had no clue, we were in trouble. Koetter is a good offensive coordinator and that’s where he needs to stay.