Dolphins job will likely be Gruden’s, “if he wants it”

Last week, we told you about Jason LaCanfora’s assertion that the Miami Dolphins have Jon Gruden at the top of their list to coach the Dolphins in 2012.  Here we are, 6 days later and Tony Sparano is still the coach of the Dolphins….where he could remain for the foreseeable future.  However, this will not stop rumors from spreading and reports from surfacing.  Yesterday, the National Football Post contained a story (found here) that suggests that the Dolphins job is Jon Gruden’s “if he wants it”.

It is uncertain whether or not Gruden is ready to return to coaching and leave his cushy ESPN broadcasting job behind.  Gruden is in a great spot, if he actually does want to return to coaching.  He can use his current role as leverage and squeeze every last dime out of the desperate Dolphins Owner, Stephen Ross.  If you remember earlier this year, Ross flew to California to try and entice Jim Harbaugh to come to Miami…reportedly throwing around $$ signs like they were confetti on New Years.  By the way, that very same Jim Harbaugh, has the 49ers off to a 4-1 start.

We probably won’t know until late December or January, whether or not Gruden will leave the broadcast booth.  At this time, the Dolphins have a coach, albeit a lame-duck one, barring a miracle.  So all we CAN expect are a lot of rumors and speculation until the time to fire/hire a coach is actually upon us….the time when other teams are making playoff runs.

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