If you have followed PewterReport.com since training camp you know that we have been hinting at a possible return to coaching for former Bucs head coach Jon Gruden.

The national media has finally started to come around to what Scott Reynolds first reported back in late July – Gruden is exploring a return to the sidelines.

On Sunday morning Ian Rapoport reported that Gruden has been meeting with former assistants and his desire to return to coaching could bring him back to the NFL soon.

Rapoport said the Bucs would be his preferred destination.

Stay tuned Bucs fans, this could be a wild next month.

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Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, the beach and family time.Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at [email protected]
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Ken Grant
Ken Grant
4 years ago

Please, Please, Please, Please, Please, Please, Please, Please, Please, Please, Please….

buc run
buc run
Reply to  Ken Grant
4 years ago

I second all of those pleases…

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
4 years ago

I expect that the Glazers have already begun talks with Jon Gruden. After all, it was a pretty strong hint that the Glazers inducted Gruden into the Ring of Honor this year, with all the implications that went along with that, including Gruden being invited to come to training camp and address the players, and the big ceremony at RayJay on MNF. Maybe the Glazers were already not convinced that Koetter was going to be able to produce a consistent winner after seeing him as both OC and HC. Also, Jon Gruden, as much as he might enjoy his current… Read more »

cgmaster27
cgmaster27
Reply to  Naplesfan
4 years ago

You’re speaking the truth there’s naples. Espn is losing revenue at an alarming rate, along with firing everyone. Now is a good time for gruden to get out. The guy has clearly got the fire. Not sure why you got down votes here but some purple just like that button I guess.

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
Reply to  cgmaster27
4 years ago

I am not bothered by down votes – any time one says something that someone can disagree with, it happens. There are certainly a subset of Bucs fans who just don’t like the man, dissed him when he coached here and dared to be Tony Dungy’s successor. The Glazers are certainly aware of that too. I know that you are a pretty big fan of Jameis Winston, cg, and I am pretty well known here as a “Winston skeptic”. I agree with Scott’s assessment that Jameis does not seem to fit what Dirk Koetter wants to do. Dirk Koetter wants… Read more »

JustaBuc
JustaBuc
Reply to  Naplesfan
4 years ago

I don’t hate John Gruden, I just took a look at his record and saw a team that went from SB to 7- 9 to 5- 11 in three years. It never really bounced back from there. Oh and by the way, ANY coach could succeed with a great defensive coordinator and gm. What makes Gruden so special? I look at this whole situation and I just see nostalgia flowing over where we just go back to the good ‘ol days. It’s becoming more and more clear that the Glazers are simply unwilling to go through the process of building… Read more »

maarnold1775
maarnold1775
Reply to  JustaBuc
4 years ago

I see your point, but the way Buc luck goes, what coach would have success? He’s as good as any prospect.

Buc-Up
Buc-Up
Reply to  JustaBuc
4 years ago

They were 9-3 when Monte Kiffin basically checked out & started preparing to coach for Lane at Tennessee. Derrick Brooks said on the radio many years ago that he stopped by Monte’s office many times over those last four games and heard him making recruiting calls, etc.
http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d80d94f25/article/are-buccaneers-getting-the-full-monte

JustaBuc
JustaBuc
Reply to  JustaBuc
4 years ago

@Buc Up And what does that have to do with anything? If we’re going into the excuse territory I can make excuses for Koetter’s tenure and Smith’s tenure and so on. I thought the results were what mattered here. As a body of work, Gruden went 57-55 and never got past the first round of the playoffs again after the SB run. That’s not exactly a stellar performance there. I really do think there’s a case to be made that Gruden took Dungy’s team, stacked it with FAs and achieved great success for a short period of time, only to… Read more »

Buc-Up
Buc-Up
Reply to  JustaBuc
4 years ago

The team was handicapped from the multiple 1st & 2nd round picks they gave up for Gruden. The 2002 & 2003 McKay drafts sucked and McKay put us in CAP hell. Remember, that’s why Parcells back out? He gave Sapp’s money to Booger. He screwed up the Franchise Tag designation they could of used on Sapp when he signed Chidi to a long term contract past the allowable deadline. The tag wasn’t available the entire length of Chidi’s contract even after we cut him and brought him back years later on a lesser contract. Not saying Gruden is perfect (passing… Read more »

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
Reply to  JustaBuc
4 years ago

Very poor selective memory you have there. First of all, it is ridiculous to discount the only Super Bowl championship in team history. Second of all, with your “It never really bounced back from there.” you are also ignoring the two more division championships and three more winning seasons Gruden produced after you selectively cherry pick 2003 and 2004 as examples of what Gruden produced.

Nope, nope, nope, nope.

JustaBuc
JustaBuc
Reply to  JustaBuc
4 years ago

@Naplesfan I hardly discount the SB year but I realize it is only that – the one anomaly year under Gruden where the Bucs achieved any sort of postseason success. The rest of his tenure was filled with nothing of true note and, as a body of work, produced a very mediocre 57-55 record even when you DO count the regular season games. Division championships and winning records don’t do diddly squat come playoff time. They are only invitations to the dance. Go ask teams like the Cowboys what a 13-3 record got them when they bounced out of the… Read more »

Randy H.
Randy H.
Reply to  Naplesfan
4 years ago

But why would the Glazers have planned this before the season when, at that time coming off of a winning record and missing the playoffs by one win, there was no indication that the implosion was going to incur? Did you see it coming? I know I didn’t. I also wonder what would have become of this season had Mike Smith gotten one of the HC jobs in the offseason that no one on here wanted him to get. What would this the defense have done had there been a different DC? I just can’t see that this was all… Read more »

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
Reply to  Randy H.
4 years ago

Apparently you aren’t a business persons, or at least you aren’t a smart business person. All smart business people plan for contingencies, for “what if this happens, or what if that happens”. In the world of investing, it’s called “hedging your bets”. Obviously the Glazers knew what they had to work with in both the head coach, having seen him up close and personal through one season as head coach and one season as offensive coordinator, as well as what they have in their GM. They knew all the happy talk we all involved in Bucworld were engaged in this… Read more »

surferdudes
4 years ago

If Gruden wants the Buc job, it’s his, period. The Glazers can make him the highest paid coach in NFL history without even blinking, chump change to these guys. Gruden was not happy with ESPN when they didn’t pick up his close friends contract Mike Tirico, and they might not want Gruden back as he is the highest paid talent on board. The Glazers are shrewd business men no matter what the fans may think. It wasn’t by coincidence they inducted him in the ring, and invited him to camp as Naple suggested. It was smart gamblers stacking the deck… Read more »

Mike.Seven
Mike.Seven
Reply to  surferdudes
4 years ago

The Glazers have accountant telling them with revenue sharing and snowbird team fans taking a break from cold in there city’s buying up tickets, why start winning and have to pay all those big salaries, Glazers happy to put Gruden in ring of honour, they will not give him money to improve team, Glazers happy winning 4-5 games a year not the bottom but for sure not the playoffs.
They like getting a participation trophy! Not a Superbowl trophy that would cost money.

surferdudes
4 years ago

I can hear Gruden on the phone now talking to former assistants. Like Jake, and Elwood Blues, “we’re getting the band back together, we’re on a mission from God”!! LoL!

martinii
martinii
4 years ago

A Xmas wish for all Buc Fans: Have a wonderful holiday and a Happy New year!!
BUT (Be careful What you wish for.)

Buc 1976
Buc 1976
4 years ago

If he does coach the Bucs fine.
Where I have a problem is his drafting I know Allen was brought aboard as GM . IMO he was a yes man and Jon controlled the picks.

Mike.Seven
Mike.Seven
4 years ago

Gruden is a proven winner has energy and burning desire to win football games, Glazers want revenue sharing and fear winning team would raise salaries, they will look to the offence or defence coordinator that get fired from Cleveland to be next head coach, their history shows they hire coaches like Lovie and Dirk that had poor performance records. But they would be more than happy to put Gruden in the ring of honour.

Horse
Horse
4 years ago

I’ve given in and accepting Gruden is coming back. My concern is his past history of drafting, and I hope whoever the GM might be, has some say so as to drafting, free agents, roster. Glazer’s have to get this call right; this area deserves football sucess. Go Bucs!

Buc 1976
Buc 1976
Reply to  Horse
4 years ago

Horse I agree every H.C. has a say as too players that are drafted.
Licht has shown he can draft well even though IMO has not drafted enough D. Linemen.
IMO Jon is better at getting F. Agents.

matador
matador
4 years ago

I agree Horse, drafting is the biggest question. Unfortunately we don’t really know how much was Gruden vs Allen vs scouting. Regardless it wasn’t good. But something occurred to me recently. A truly elite QB is supposed to make everyone around him better. Despite some positive intangibles Winston hasn’t (yet) done that. He’s young and can grow into it, so that’s okay. But Gruden – injecting that intensity and accountability in the locker room and on the field should do just that, including but not limited to helping Winston step up to the next level. That is what excites me… Read more »

buc run
buc run
Reply to  matador
4 years ago

Well said!

Gulfstrings
Gulfstrings
4 years ago

I’ve watched a lot of Buc ball this season and have yet to see Coach fumble or drop a pass or get flagged for a pre-snap penalty or get lost in coverage or miss a tackle or on and on and on and on …

Jlog
Jlog
Reply to  Gulfstrings
4 years ago

Yet they are all things that good coaching cleans up. Plus things like not getting it together before the 5th game of season and starting slow where you have to make it up in the second half.

Incognito
Incognito
4 years ago

Coach Gruden, please come back to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Please.

scubog
scubog
4 years ago

Of course none of us have any say in whether Chucky returns. One criticism of Jon Gruden that I think is a bit unjustified is his (Bruce Allen’s) Draft record. What does one expect when four premier Draft picks are forfeited? The cupboard was empty and no way to restock it. Combine that with an aging team, salary cap issues, a popular coach hitting the exit and nothing but a bunch of journeymen making up the roster and what you get is a team that’s window of opportunity slammed shut midway through his final season. I suspect, like most of… Read more »

Buc-Up
Buc-Up
Reply to  scubog
4 years ago

We’re also hoping that like Dick Vermeil, his time away as a broadcaster has given him new insight on coaching.