It wouldn't be a coaching carousel without rumors of a Jon Gruden return to the sidelines. According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, the current Monday Night Football analyst is reportedly considering a return to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He noted there is a "growing sense in league circles" he will replace Dirk Koetter, who is still employed by Tampa Bay. Gruden last worked as a head coach in 2008 with the Bucs. While there is clamoring seemingly each year for the 54-year-old to leave the booth and fill any vacancy, with the University of Tennessee most recently discussing a deal with the former coach, this situation could be more enticing. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network first reported the mutual interest in a Tampa Bay reunion earlier this week. "The Bucs have often swung big," Rapoport said, via Kevin Patra of NFL.com. "They'd have to give up a lot of money to outbid ESPN and pay Gruden what he would want—something that would be worth it to come back to coaching. As a source close to him told me, this year may actually be different." Gruden won a Super Bowl in his first season in Tampa, the only one in franchise history, but had an up-and-down tenure that ended with a 57-55 regular-season record. He was just 0-2 in the playoffs in the six years following his championship.
Jon Gruden Rumors: 'Growing Sense' Ex-Buccaneers Coach Will Replace Dirk Koetter
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