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Report: Indirect Gruden contact

Posted by Chris Brown on November 21, 2009 – 4:24 pm

According to News Channel 4, the Bills already approached those close to former Tampa Bay head coach Jon Gruden about Buffalo’s head coaching job, but it’s pretty clear that Jon Gruden won’t be coaching next year anywhere.

Gruden instead opted to continue as a TV analyst on ESPN’s Monday Night Football and just signed an extension this past week, despite the team’s best efforts per WIVB-TV.

With the TV money almost as good as the money paid to NFL head coaches it may be harder than some NFL teams think to coax Gruden out of the broadcast chair. There were reports out of New York this week that Gruden was completely committed to staying out of coaching in 2010, and maybe 2011 too.

That’s the one problem with trying to hire these big name coaches, they can afford to wait for the pick of the litter in terms of the best NFL situation in which to succeed. They’re ultimately going to take care of numero uno. By Gruden taking himself off the market, it also only improves the situation for Mike Shanahan and Mike Holmgren, the offensive-minded coaching candidates because the talent pool of proven offensive minds is now thinner. They’re all likely to wait until the end of the year before making a decision as to where they want to work.


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