Jon Gruden is staying with ESPN, which means the Houston Texans will have to find another head coaching candidate.
This was confirmed by Gruden’s colleague at ESPN, Chris Mortensen. In his Dec. 8 report, Mortensen states Gruden “will remain with ESPN through at least the 2014 season” and “has a strong commitment to continue as the ‘Monday Night Football’ analyst, his popular quarterback camp series and his outreach to consult high school coaches.”
For his part, Gruden told Moretensen main his focus is on ESPN.
“I’m just trying to do my job. I’m not going to address every little rumor or supposed conversation that takes place, according to these so-called sources.
“There are a lot of good coaches out there available to coach these teams. I’m just hoping ESPN likes the job I’m doing. That’s my focus.”
Aside from Gruden, the other coaching candidates Clayton identifies are Lovie Smith, Mike Shanahan, Ken Whisenhunt and Tom Cable.
Gruden joined ESPN in 2009 to be an analyst for Monday Night Football. His ESPN bio states “Twice nominated for a Sports Emmy, Gruden also contributes analysis throughout the year on ESPN Radio and other platforms, including Super Bowl Week and NFL Draft.”
He also has been involved in several college football telecasts at ESPN which include the 2010 Rose Bowl and the 2010 and 2011 BCS National Championship Games.
Gruden enjoyed a successful 11-year head coaching tenure in the NFL with the Oakland Raiders (1998-2001) and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2002-2008), whom he helped won Super Bowl XXXVII in 2002. The feat put him in the record books as the youngest NFL head coach (38 years) to win a Lombardi Trophy.
He has a 95-81 (.540) NFL coaching record.