Along with the very specific report that former Raiders and Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden could be the next coach of the Eagles has come multiple more general reports that suggest Gruden is preparing a return to the NFL.
Charlie Campbell, who used to cover Grudens Bucs with PewterReport.com has reported that Gruden is exploring the availability of various assistant coaches, with Bucs special-teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia and former Eagles assitant Juan Castillo possibly on the list. Mike Freeman of CBSSports.com hasnt named names, but he says that league sources are saying that Gruden is asking some folks the hypothetical question of whether theyd join him if he returns.
Accurate or not, these rumors will have a significant potential impact on Grudens current job. With so many possible vacancies coming in January and with Gruden skillfully positioning himself while in the broadcast booth to offend no potential employers, nearly every current head coach would have to regard Gruden as a looming competitor in that coachs division, as soon as January.
So how inviting will those coaches be when the time comes to share information or players or anything with Gruden during a Monday Night Football production meeting? Answer: Not very.
This dynamics likely require Gruden to make it known now that he wont be returning in 2013, if he intends to remain in broadcasting for another year. If current NFL coaches think Gruden is coming back in 2013, things could get interesting during the final weeks of this years edition of Monday Night Football.
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