That flicker of hope that Jacksonville football fans had of landing Jon Gruden as head coach of Jaguars next season is now out. The Super Bowl-winning coach has just signed an exlusive five-year extension to remain part of ESPN’s Monday Night Football announcing team.
“Our Monday Night Football crew is special, and to have the opportunity to continue to be a part of this team, working these big-time NFL prime time games every week on ESPN, I’m fired up,” said Gruden who joined MNF in 2009.
ON MNF, Gruden’s actually been really good, much better than his partner Ron Jawarski.
Gruden was an NFL head coach for 11 seasons with the Oakland Raiders (1998-2001) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2002-08) winning the Super Bowl for TB in 2002.
The reeling Jags are 1-5 and among the lowest scoring teams in the NFL. Conventional wisdom is if the Jags cannot turn it around head coach Jack Del Rio is gone, and he might not make it through the season.
Among the names as rumored replacements were Bill Cower and Gruden who lives in Tampa. But after this announcement Gruden is now out.
The Jags host the Baltimore Ravens when Gruden and ESPN comes to town Monday night.