Report: Jon Gruden expected to stay in MNF booth


December 9, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers former head coach Jon Gruden talks during a presentation celebrating the 10th anniversary of the 2002 Super Bowl Champions during halftime against the Philadelphia Eagles at Raymond James Stadium. The Eagles won 23-21. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

It looks like former Super Bowl winning coach Jon Gruden won’t be the next head coach of the Houston Texans. ESPN has reported Gruden in committed to staying in the Monday Noght Football booth for the 2014 season.

In an article on it states,

"“On Sunday, ESPN — still Gruden’s current employer — reported that, in fact, Gruden has no plans to coach in 2014.”"

The article also says:

"“Chris Mortensen said (via PFT) the former Raiders and Buccaneers head coach is ‘not expected’ to pursue any opportunities this offseason and has a “strong commitment” to continue working at ESPN where he is the color commentator for Monday Night Football.”"

I guess that was a quick dream of ever thinking Gruden would help bring the Texans franchise back to productivity next season.

I enjoy Gruden for the most part on Monday Night Football, but I would have loved to see him back on an NFL sideline next season, and who knows he still possibly could, but it seems unlikely.

Let’s put our focus on other coaching candidates the Texans have a shot of signing as their new coach, including Lovie Smith, who’ve they’ve already talked to.

I’m still really interested in David Shaw of Stanford, and don’t forget about Ken Whisenhunt, the current offensive coordinator of the San Diego Chargers. Don’t forget about a possible sleeper in Bill O’Brien of Penn State. His name will always come up as a potential NFL head coach as he was an assistant in New England.

But on last thought on Gruden, I would have liked to seen what he would have done with the Texans in the draft, to see if he would have drafted a QB and how he would have groomed him.

Oh well, there are still plenty of top candidates I would like to see work with the Texans roster, and see if they are able to turn it all around next season.