Former NFL coach Jon Gruden said that he hasn’t had any talks with Redskins officials regarding their head coaching vacancy.
Gruden’s name has been mentioned as a potential replacement for Mike Shanahan, whom Redskins owner Daniel Snyder fired following the completion of the 3-13 2013 campaign. Gruden said late last month that he was returning to Monday Night Football for another season, but he still seemed to carry appeal because of his track record with quarterbacks and the success he had as a head coach, particularly in Tampa, where he led the Buccaneers to the Super Bowl in 2002. Gruden also is close with Redskins general manager Bruce Allen, who once held the same title with the Bucs.
Reached by phone on Monday, Gruden said nothing has changed on his end, and that he hadn’t had any communication with the Redskins regarding the job.
“No, we haven’t. But I wish them luck in their search,” said Gruden, who maintained that he is content with his job at ESPN.
“I’m happy to have the job I have,” he said.
Snyder in the past has gone after the high-profile coaching candidates, but thus far, it appears that the Redskins and Allen haven’t pursued any of the big names.
Gruden is the second high-profile former NFL coach in the past week to squash rumors of a possible pursuit from Washington. Last Friday, former Steelers coach Bill Cowher said that he hadn’t discussed the coaching vacancy with the Redskins and called it “highly unlikely” that he returns to coaching any time soon.
Meanwhile, the Redskins continue to mine the league’s coordinator ranks for a potential head coach, conducting interviews with Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, Dallas special teams coach Rich Bisaccia, Carolina defensive coordinator Sean McDermott and Baltimore offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell in the past week. The team is scheduled to interview Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell on Monday, and also has requested permission to interview Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden — Jon Gruden’s brother — and defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer.
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