Could we potentially be seeing the return of Jon Gruden to an NFL sideline?
The former head coach turned ESPN analyst addressed rumors that he would make a run at the New York Giants position that opened yesterday with the firing of Ben McAdoo.
And anybody who thought Gruden would just brush it off like he has with the plethora of other coaching job rumors that have been linked to his name recently might be caught off-guard by his response.
Jon Gruden semi admitting he is interested in the Giants job if Eli comes back— Shaun Morash (@MrazCBS) December 5, 2017
After being asked by co-ho Sean McDonough if he would consider accepting the Giants job, Gruden responded,
And boom goes the dynamite.
Jon Gruden said he is open to coaching the Giants if Eli returns. I personally like that, what about everyone else?— LWOS New York Giants (@LWOS_NYGiants) December 5, 2017
So basically, Eli Manning is the key to securing Gruden, which would be absolutely huge for New York. Gruden has proven success in the NFL, winning a Super Bowl title with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Plus, players love him. And from his response, it definitely seems like he's got the coaching bug once again.
This would be a great fit for the Giants as well. They have the pieces to create a contending team, they just need a spark, which Gruden would provide easily.
Fans are already getting their hopes up:
I need Jon Gruden to the Giants directly into my veins— Mark (@Msimms74) December 5, 2017
If the Giants really even needed another reason to keep Eli Manning around, especially after this week, this should make the decision even easier.