Thearon W. Henderson
After some speculation, Gruden will be staying on Monday Night Football for at least one more year. How close was he to returning to the NFL?
Jon Gruden spent 11 years in the NFL as a head coach, and he is not in any rush to coach a 12th. Amid reports over the last month that Gruden could be interested in coaching the Philadelphia Eagles, owner Jeffrey Lurie indicated on Thursday that no such contact was ever made.
"Jon made it clear that he was not coming back to the NFL this year," Lurie said.
Lurie also made it clear that Gruden gave him his opinion on former Oregon coach Chip Kelly, the man that was eventually hired to replace Andy Reid. Gruden told Lurie that he was impressed with how Kelly ran practice.
The 2013 season will be Gruden's fifth year co-hosting Monday Night Football with Mike Tirico since replacing Tony Kornheiser in May of 2009. Gruden spent four seasons as head coach of the Oakland Raiders before going over to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and winning the 2002 Super Bowl. However, the Bucs did not win a playoff game in any of Gruden's subsequent six season with Tampa Bay, and he was fired after 2008.