Jon Gruden might be an NFL coach next season to join the San Diego Chargers or the Philadelphia Eagles, if the reports are true about him leaving ESPN as one of their analysts.
Until the rumors are confirmed, let’s take this with a grain of salt. There are reports that he’s very happy to stay with ESPN, but other reports suggest that Gruden is ready to coach again. These kind of rumors usually begin around Thanksgiving as the NFL season nears its end.
Some reports say that Gruden has been looking into assistants around the NFL to see about their potential availability after the season.
Former Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator and offensive line coach Juan Castillo and San Diego Chargers special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia are both mentioned as possible hires by Gruden.
It’s worth noting that some of the same sources publishing these reports also broke a lot of Tampa Bay Buccaneers news over the years and were proven correct. But, anything can happen in this football league.
The reports also suggest Gruden is only looking for a “perfect opportunity” for a large-market team or he’d be happy to stay at ESPN.
There have been conflicting reports about Gruden’s ability to leave his contract at ESPN, but the network never has said definitively that he can’t get out of his deal.
Expect Gruden and the network to deny these reports until a deal is inked, or vice versa. Sources close to Gruden say he’s “more motivated” to return as a head coach now than in previous seasons. He misses being on the field.