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A Gruden-Allen reunion is unlikely

Dec 31, 2013, 8:55 AM EST

Jon-Gruden

We now know that the decision on who the Redskins next coach will be is largely in the hands of Bruce Allen. It just so happens that there is a coach who has enjoyed some success who is not currently working on the sidelines and who used to work very close with Allen. Many are eyeing the possibility that Allen will want to get the band back together and bring Jon Gruden in to coach the Redskins.

However, Gruden, who worked with Allen in Oakland and Tampa Bay, apparently has no interest in wearing a headset in 2014 except for the one he puts on to do Monday night football for ESPN. The Pioneer Press got in touch with Gruden to ask about the Vikings’ coaching vacancy and he did his best to extinguish speculation that he is willing to return to coaching anywhere.

I don’t want to be considered for any of these jobs,” said Gruden, who hasn’t coached since 2008. “I don’t want to be considered for anything. There are plenty of good candidates out there. I’m just sick for the guys who can no longer coach their teams. … I’m hoping to do the best I can to hang on to my job.”

This doesn’t mean that Gruden will never coach again or even that he won’t coach in 2014. People can be persuaded to abandon such rock-solid declarations. The message here could be that it would take a lot of money and a lot of control for him to move out of the broadcast booth. And while Daniel Snyder has plenty of money, Allen announced yesterday that he will have the final say in personnel matters. That would seem to eliminate all but the slimmest of chances that Gruden will take the Redskins job.

  1. alomd11 - Dec 31, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    Thanks Rich for another good, if still less than concrete write up. By that I mean, none of us have a crystal ball and you’ve at least given us something concerning Gruden. I really like the photo you picked. Gruden looks beatdown in this one and I think its good to remember that he won the SB with a team built by Tony Dungy. While I’d be ok, initially, with him winning an SB with this team, I don’t like the long term prospects of what the team would look like.

  2. redone43 - Dec 31, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    I agree a Jon Gruden -Allen reunion is unlikely, but what do you think about the Gruden-Allen ties giving Jay Gruden a leg up on the other potential prospects? Not to say that Jay isn’t a good candidate in his own right – as a OC he has proven himself. He is helped Andy Dalton, a former spread QB, develop and he has been a successful head coach, albeit in the Arena Football League. Also, Allen doesn’t have to rely just on the Gruden family pedigree, he knows Jay from when Jay was an assistant at Tampa Bay. Another interesting issue is Jay has strong ties to Haslett, so Haslett could vouch for him as well.

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