It's easy to forget that Jon Gruden isn't just a Super Bowl-winning coach. (Well, it is if you watch Monday Night Football on mute.) But ESPN is helping Gruden, who works for the network as an NFL analyst, addressed rumors that he will be Miami's next coach.
From ESPN PR person Josh Krulewitz, on Twitter:
From Jon Gruden: "I am committed to Monday Night Football and to ESPN. I enjoy working w/ Mike, Jaws and our entire crew and am just trying to get better at this job.
Of course, that's not exactly a denial of interest; it's more accurately read as "I'm still doing the job I have." And Gruden parlayed rumors of a jump back to coaching — last year, he was frequently linked with vacancies at Notre Dame and Tennessee — into a contract extension with ESPN in 2009. It would be less than surprising if Gruden did the same thing again this year.
At this point, though, it would also not be a surprise for Gruden to announce on Monday Night Football that he would be leaving to coach Miami after the broadcast. That's how overheated the discussion about Gruden to Miami has gotten.
Then again, were I Gruden, and were I leaving, I would do so before tomorrow night: I don't really want to sit through a Cardinals-49ers matchup if I don't have to.