Latest On Jon Gruden, Rams Coaching Vacancy

Though he’s been out of the NFL since 2008, Jon Gruden could “entertain” the notion of accepting the Rams’ head coaching position, some of Gruden’s former colleagues told Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com.Jon Gruden (vertical)

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Several factors could influence Gruden’s willingness to listen to a pitch from the Rams, not least of which is the Los Angeles market and the pocketbook of owner Stan Kroenke, who is likely open to paying Gruden whatever he demands. Additionally, the Rams have talented players on both sides of the ball in the forms of running back Todd Gurley and defensive tackle Aaron Donald, as well as a young quarterback in Jared Goff, whom Gruden has expressed fondness for in the past.

Gruden also has a relationship with Rams COO Kevin Demoff, who was hired to Tampa Bay’s front office when Gruden was the Buccaneers’ head coach, according to Tom Peliserro of USA Today. That familiarity could help lure Gruden to Los Angeles, as could the fact that the Rams don’t intend to make a decision on general manager Les Snead until a new coach is hired, per Peliserro. If Gruden wants to bring in his own personnel executive, he’d likely be allowed to do so.

Gruden, who is still only 52 years old, signed an extension with ESPN in 2014 that keeps him under contract through the 2021 season. However, that deal shouldn’t preclude from exploring NFL opportunities.

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7 comments on “Latest On Jon Gruden, Rams Coaching Vacancy

  1. Gimmedrugs

    LaCanfora heard from Gruden’s colleagues that he might be open to listening to Kronke based on the fact that his broadcast partner left to a different network? Jon Gruden is never going to coach in the NFL again this isn’t news

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  2. Kia Sportage Off-roader

    He’s always been overrated. Built a pretender, not contender, in OAK. You know – good enough to make the playoffs but not good enough to win it all. Then rode Dungy’s coat tails to a SB win in TB. After Dungy’s guys got old and/left, Gruden did bad and subsequently was fired, which he deserved.

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    • seth3120

      I’d call what Gruden has done fairly successful. The Raiders(terrible track record as a franchise) were successful. Maybe he didn’t win it all but pretty darn good. With Tampa he won it all. Doubt he came in and said let’s do things the Dungy way and took them to the next level. I think if they could pull it off it would be huge but I don’t see it. Goff hasn’t shown why he was drafted number one and maybe it’s not possible with the guys surrounding him. No threat of a passing attack. Need at wr just hasn’t been addressed. Tavon Austin is basically a Darren Sproles type who’s listed as a wr

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    • seth3120

      Gruden deserved respect he’d earned for what he accomplished in Tampa which he didn’t get. Any coach has trouble(besides bill belichick) sustaining success. The salary cap just doesn’t allow teams to do whatever it takes to stay on top. Tampa had a window that was starting to close when Gruden took over. Rams have been dismal. You think they wouldn’t take Grudens track record about now?

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    • So you’re saying that Gruden only won because his star players got old and left? Outside of the Patriots, what other team has had continued success after their stars left? Even the Patriots still have their main star in Tom Brady throwing it, who knows if they can continue their success when he’s gone.

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  3. ruckus727

    You don’t know what you’re talking about. I’m a life long Tampa resident and bucs fan. McKay and Dungy built a great team but Dungy likely was never getting that team over the hump. Gruden did. He’s a very good offensive minded coach and is good with the team in the locker room. Guys believe in him. The Bucs SB XXXVII win was a perfect storm of great defense (mostly thanks to Monte Kiffin), Gruden’s improved and more aggressive offense, and a fortunate meeting with his former team (and offensive scheme–foolishly unchanged by Callahan) in the SB. Gruden is at least a better coach than half the coaches in the league right now. He’s an excellent fit in LA. All that said, I’m skeptical he will take the job. But I won’t be shocked if he does. It’s a fairly similar situation as he took over in Tampa. Go Bucs!

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