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Jon Gruden Called The Natural Successor To John Madden In Playboy Profile
Published December 7, 2012
WAITING FOR THE RIGHT OFFER? Gruden in recent days has been mentioned as a candidate to replace Dennis Allen as Raiders coach, but SI's Peter King said "it would be hard to imagine" Gruden returning to the team he coached from '98-'01. King said he could "see Gruden going back" to the NFL as a coach, but "probably not for a couple of years." King: "I think ESPN would go bat dung if Jon Gruden left a year after they gave him a two-man booth. He basically runs the 'Monday Night' telecast. He runs the meetings. He's the big guru with the team and to me, if you're Jon Gruden you leave for a great job" ("PTI," ESPN, 12/5). SI's Jim Trotter said Gruden's agent "should get the biggest commission of any agent in the business because his name has been associated with every job out there trying to create leverage" ("Rome," CBS Sports Network, 12/5). Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio said the job for Gruden's agent is "to create the most possible sizzle for Jon Gruden. You want him to be the hot candidate, you want him to be the guy who can write his own ticket, who can say, 'This is who I want to work for, this is how much money I want, this is how much power I want'" ("Pro Football Talk," NBC Sports Network, 12/5).