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Jon Gruden willing to interview for NFL head coaching jobs

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11:04 AM ET 12.31 | For months now, ESPN analyst Jon Gruden has said he has got absolutely no intention of leaving his comfy, multi-milion dollar gig at the four letter network to return to the NFL. For months now, we've all been calling his bluff and it appears that the people have been right all long, as Mike Freeman from CBSSports.com is reporting that Gruden is willing to interview for the various head coaching jobs that are both now and soon to be available. There was a lot of talk about Gruden leaving ESPN to take the Tennessee Volunteers job last month, but those talks eventually went nowhere. But the reason Gruden didn't take the Vols job, or at least the logic behind it, is that he was holding out for Black Monday and a potential return to the NFL. All signs point to this: if the right job opens up for Gruden, he's going to jump at it in half a minute. But what else is new?

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Jon Gruden, AP Photo/Brian Blanco Jon Gruden, AP Photo/Brian Blanco
December 31, 2012  11:08 AM ET

Carolina welcomes you!

December 31, 2012  11:14 AM ET

Yeah right , Give up a dream job of talking football for a couple of hours while banking a nice check , or end up in an organization that he has to build from the bottom up and face constant failure. My guess is his ego will keep his Butt on MNF .

December 31, 2012  11:17 AM ET

Chuckie is a fraud.

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December 31, 2012  11:46 AM ET

Hello! Gruden? This is Phil Emery.....

December 31, 2012  11:51 AM ET

He's got the best job now.

December 31, 2012  11:52 AM ET
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Hello! Gruden? This is Phil Emery.....

I'm not so sure I want Gruden roaming the Bears sideline in any capacity that doesn't involve ESPN.

December 31, 2012  12:22 PM ET
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I'm not so sure I want Gruden roaming the Bears sideline in any capacity that doesn't involve ESPN.

Really. good coaches stay coaching, bad ones wind up as colorman (Matt Millien)

December 31, 2012  12:36 PM ET

So Far this Season John Gruden is Undefeated!!! Go Figure!

December 31, 2012  12:41 PM ET
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He's got the best job now.

He'd just be stroking his own ego by interviewing for a job he has no intention of accepting.

December 31, 2012  12:49 PM ET
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Really. good coaches stay coaching, bad ones wind up as colorman (Matt Millien)

like detroit lions matt millen? is that who you mean...because he never was a coach. just a super bowl champion on numerous teams AND the pres/ceo of the lions...not a coach though.

December 31, 2012  12:50 PM ET

He'd take an NFL job if the GM let him keep seven or eight QBs on the roster.

December 31, 2012  01:38 PM ET

Stop toying with our emotions

December 31, 2012  02:25 PM ET
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He'd just be stroking his own ego by interviewing for a job he has no intention of accepting.

He seems to have quite the ego to stroke..

December 31, 2012  02:31 PM ET
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I'm not so sure I want Gruden roaming the Bears sideline in any capacity that doesn't involve ESPN.

This is Chicago. Expect the unexpected.

December 31, 2012  04:10 PM ET

It would be awesome if I didn't have to listen to him heap praise on every player he "color" analyzes.... He bored me on TV. Anywhere but on my TV next year is good with me.

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December 31, 2012  05:27 PM ET

Chuckie is the "Tebow" of coaches....Nobody believes in him !

 
December 31, 2012  06:02 PM ET

Gruden would need Tony Dungy to precede his next coaching gig if he is to have any hope of being successful. Hopefully he is sharing any residuals resulting from his super bowl win with Tampa Bay with Dungy who put the team together.

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