Jon Gruden was part of the three man Monday Night Football announcing team last night and for the better part of the first half, he spent quite a bit talking about what he would do with the talent that Miami had on the field and a couple of times, mentioned players that he would put on the roster. It almost sounded as though Gruden was broadcasting his desire to coach the team should Tony Sparano not be around next season.
Gruden’s name was mentioned on several occasions over the off-season when owner Stephen Ross was reportedly looking for a Sparano replacement. Rumors swirled that Gruden was seeking a deal in the 6 to 9 million a year range. It’s no secret that Sparano’s job is on the line this year despite a contract extension. Ross has said that the team needs perform and perform well and that Sparano would be evaluated at the seasons end. So was Gruden laying the foundation for a future in Miami? Or was he simply doing his job?
As the game started to get a little out of hand, Gruden fired up solutions to getting back into it. In fact at one point he declared that he would take a different approach to finishing off the Patriots but never went into full details. He was confident throughout that the Dolphins could stick with the opposition. Perhaps I was listening and putting a little too much into what he was saying, but there seemed to be a bit more to the tone of his comments than simply doing his job.
I’m not saying that Gruden is in line for the Miami job if and when it came open or that Stephen Ross would consider it. I am also not saying that Sparano should be fired or even on the hot seat. It’s week 1 of the regular season. I am really more interested in what you think regarding his commentary last night. It simply seemed to me that Jon Gruden had an awful lot to say about our team than he has about others in the past.