Originally written on NFL Injury Report  |  Last updated 10/19/14

DENVER - OCTOBER 05: Head coach Jon Gruden of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers leads his team against the Denver Broncos during NFL action on October 5, 2008 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Buccaneers 16-13. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Jon Gruden will leave the Monday Night Football booth to become the next head coach of the San Diego Chargers, predicts Daniel Jeremiah of NFL Network. Jon Gruden. This is the perfect opportunity for both parties. Gruden gets a proven veteran quarterback in Phillip Rivers and a decent amount of authority in player personnel, while the Chargers get a big-name headline grabber to help sell tickets and revitalize the offense. In a long-expected move, the Chargers cleaned house Monday. San Diego parted ways with coach Norv Turner and general manager A.J. Smith. Jeremiah believes the open position in San Diego will provide Gruden with enough incentive to return, given the presence of quarterback Phillip Rivers, who was once considered an ‘elite quarterback.’ Also, Jeremiah believes Gruden will receive a “decent amount of authority in player personnel.” At this point, it’s not clear if Gruden is seriously considering a return. It’s also to be determined which coaches the Chargers will target. Andy Reid expressed interest, but he doesn’t appear to be a fit. Meanwhile, San Diego is said to have interest in Indianapolis Colts interim coach Bruce Arians. Follow @TheNFLInjuryRpt !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://www.thenflinjuryreport.com//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs"); var _gaq = _gaq || []; _gaq.push(['_setAccount', 'UA-34100676-1']); _gaq.push(['_trackPageview']); (function() { var ga = document.createElement('script'); ga.type = 'text/javascript'; ga.async = true; ga.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? 'https://ssl' : 'http://www') + '.google-analytics.com/ga.js'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ga, s); })();
9 Comments:
  • Gruden's big claim to fame is stealing the Raiders playbook (from when he was coach there) and taking it to Tampa where he beat the Raiders with it. The Chargers would have to rebuild their stadium just to get Gruden's head thru the door.
  • With your analogy on Gruden and how he beat the Raiders in the Super Bowl only explains the one victory. What about the whole season of wins leading up to the Super Bowl, did he have all those teams play books too? I don't think so. The Chargers will dominate unde Gruden as the head coach as well as Jimmy Raye being the new GM. Only time will tell, but I'm all charged up just thinking about it! The only energy the bolts need is positive! All the negative energy left with AJ Smith!
  • anybody but Reid
  • Please Jon, we need your energy and expertise. San Diego is a great city, you'll love it!....lol
  • Jon Gruden would bring mental toughness to Chargers, something they are badly in need of. Chargers inability to produce under adversity is of major concern. Superbowl quality team find away to win in the last 2 minutes,Chargers have found a way to lose. Gruden will come in and clean house of players without heart. Jon Gruden and Mike Holmgren are old school coaches and would bring a welcome change to san diego
  • If its Gruden he better bring a king sized blow torch to light a fire under their A$$es cause southern California Pro Teams are the laziest in the country. Look at LA. After the way Rams teams played here we dont even care if we get another pro team.
  • gruden would bring fire to allaid back city of san diego, but holgren will bore you with a five year plan and talk about his ' old brett farve storys.justlike he did in cleveland .if he wants to coach so muchwhy didn't he coach the browns'''' he just take the money and run, i mean waddle''''
  • Gruden is just what the Chargers need. Smart. Analytical. Mentally tough. Physically demanding. A once in a lifetime opportunity for the Chargers to get a man who can get them back on track...a Charger fan since 1961 and has seen it all.
  • I agree with you 100%! The bolts need Gridens energy and is as fans will get an amazing season in 2013. This could be the gem that Dean Spanos is talking about and by bringing on Gruden at such a young age he will be setting the team up for his son to take over the Chargers origination with a good chance for a long run of victories year after year...
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