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Report: Dolphins gig Gruden's 'if he wants it'

Posted on: October 9, 2011 11:34 am
 
Posted by Will Brinson

As of right now, the Dolphins are not prepared to make a change at head coach, and remain committed to Tony Sparano, despite their 0-4 start. It's going to be difficult for Sparano to keep his job, though. One, Miami might need to make the playoffs for him to get another shot in 2012. And two, owner Stephen Ross recently gave him the dreaded vote of confidence.

But who would be the replacement for Sparano if he's canned? Well, Dan Pompei of the National Football Post reports the No. 1 candidate is current ESPN broadcaster Jon Gruden, who's been out of coaching since the Buccaneers fired him in 2009.

"People close to the situation believe the Dolphins job will be Jon Gruden’s if he wants it," Pompei writes Sunday. "Gruden remains undecided on whether or not he will remain in broadcasting. It’s likely Stephen Ross will offer Gruden a sweetheart deal that will make it difficult for Gruden to turn down. Rumors continue that the Dolphins also will hire Carl Peterson as team president."

Gruden's always a top name at the list of coaching candidates when a vacancy opens up, along with CBS Sports' own Bill Cowher. That's what happens when you've got a Super Bowl win on your resume and aren't currently employed by an NFL team.

But Gruden does make sense for the Dolphins. He's obviously been successful, he's still young (only 48), he's a huge name and he's an offensive guru -- Ross hasn't made any bones about the need to put up points in order to help sell tickets. And, um, win games, of course.

What makes this hypothetical marriage interesting is that Gruden's unlikely to leave ESPN before the end of the season, even if Ross threw a pile of money his way. That could mean Sparano would get a full season to try and make the playoffs.

If he doesn't (a very likely outcome at this point), Ross will have a shot at a second-straight public courting of a high-profile coach, and Gruden will have a legitimately difficult choice to make.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: February 21, 2012 7:54 am
 

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Since: Dec 2, 2010
Posted on: October 12, 2011 11:59 am
 

We want Chuckie

The Dolphins are a perfect fit for John Gruden, although it's going to be a challenge rebuilding this team. I was living in St. Petersburg when Gruden took over after Tony Dungy was unceremoniously shown the door. Gruden took the Bucaneers to the Superbowl, albeit many say it was done with a team that Tony Dungy built. Regardless, it would make sense for Gruden to coach the cross-state rivals in South Florida. His impact would not only bring back a disillusioned fan base, but might be good for the coffers. Think of all the Chuckie dolls wearing Dolphin's t-shirts Stephen Ross could sell. Sealed



Since: Jan 5, 2008
Posted on: October 10, 2011 9:50 pm
 

Report: Dolphins gig Gruden's 'if he wants it'

Actually, Parcells is the one who screwed everything up in Miami. He did this by bringing a bunch of reject Cowboys along with him. If these guys were not good enough to start in Dallas, why would they be good enough to start in Miami? Nope, Parcells screwed Miami over big time!



Since: Oct 10, 2011
Posted on: October 10, 2011 8:54 pm
 

Report: Dolphins gig Gruden's 'if he wants it'

I am a die hard dolfan but we need to suck for luck!!! Andrew luck. Of course if we got first pick ( unless there are some big changes in the front office) they would probably waste the pick on a something stupid. SUCK FOR LUCK!!!SUCK FOR LUCK!!! let the chanting begin.



Since: Oct 10, 2011
Posted on: October 10, 2011 3:34 pm
 

Report: Dolphins gig Gruden's 'if he wants it'

No way he failed in Tampa. He even stated that Coach Tony Dungy made the team he took to the Super Bowl. He was fired for a reason and no one wants him. 



Since: Oct 10, 2011
Posted on: October 10, 2011 2:59 pm
 

Report: Dolphins gig Gruden's 'if he wants it'

I hope Gruden stays in the broadcast booth.He's probably the only commenter,like Madden, who doesn't make me cringe & hit the mute button.These morons are constantly saying things like "He's the most dominant player at that position"..yeah right u said the same thing a week ago about someone else..STFU.Wink


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