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Jon Gruden Wants Back Into Coaching In 2012, According To Report

Jon Gruden currently works on ESPN's Monday Night Football broadcast but a report states that Gruden is preparing to get back into coaching in 2012.

Earlier this year ESPN announced a new contract agreement with Jon Gruden for the Monday Night Football broadcast but he may not be around to enjoy it. Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union Tribune took a look at the changes coming to the San Diego Chargers and notes that Gruden wants to get back into coaching in 2012.

Acee reports that, if GM A.J. Smith is fired by the Chargers, the Rams will want to bring him -- and Gruden -- into the fold.

People familiar with Rams owner Stan Kroenke's plans said Monday that Kroenke is waiting for Spanos to make a move on Smith. If Smith is available, league and agent sources strongly indicated that Smith will be hired as Rams' general manager and bring along Jon Gruden as head coach.

Sources said Gruden has decided to return to coaching in 2012 and that his current employer, ESPN, is already preparing for his departure.

Acee has been talking about the Rams' interest in Smith for some time so this isn't totally new. The bit about Gruden potentially being involved is the new information. It's well known that Smith and Gruden have a good relationship.

Peter King recently suggested that the Rams job, which is expected to be open after head coach Steve Spagnuolo is fired, could be the best one available considering the presence of Sam Bradford and a top pick in the 2012 NFL draft. Perhaps that's why Gruden is reportedly interested.

Gruden has long been one of the A-list coaches during hiring season but he hasn't shown an interest in getting back into coaching since the Bucs fired him following the 2008 season. He took the ESPN job in 2009.