Rumors of Jon Gruden returning to educate soccer are an annual incidence, and it’s often greatest to disregard most of them. But discuss of Gruden probably teaching the Tampa Bay Buccaneers once more is gaining steam, and one reporter who covers the crew thinks it could really occur.
Longtime Tampa reporter Ira Kaufman, who covers the Bucs for JoeBucsFan.com, informed PFT Live on Tuesday that he feels the potential for Gruden returning to the Bucs is larger than ever.
“I think (Dirk) Koetter’s got seven weeks to prove that this team is still buying what he’s selling,” Kaufman stated. “The stands are half empty, and there’s a guy out there that has a lot of juice and can fill those stands. … I’m starting to believe it for the first time, that Gruden’s coming back.”
Kaufman listed a number of the reason why he believes Gruden might lastly be prepared to go away his broadcasting gig with ESPN. One of them is that Gruden supposedly doesn’t have the identical ardour for baderting video games as he did when he was working alongside Mike Tirico, who’s an in depth good friend.
Gruden admitted over the summer time that he misses teaching, and the previous quarterback has been internet hosting his personal QB camp with high NFL prospects for a number of years at ESPN, so he may get pleasure from working with Jameis Winston. Kaufman additionally famous that Gruden might have his son Duece Gruden, who at the moment works as a power coach for Gruden’s brother Jay with the Washington Redskins, on his workers if he turned a head coach once more.
Given how a lot cash he has supposedly been making at ESPN, it’s no shock Gruden sometimes turns down head teaching alternatives. However, he’s nonetheless younger by NFL teaching requirements at age 54. If he decides he desires to get again to it, there will probably be no scarcity of suitors.