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Gruden signs ESPN extension (updated)

Well, it appears Jon Gruden can be crossed off the list of possible candidates to become the Redskins' next head coach.

ESPN announced this morning that it has reached a multiyear extension with Gruden, who is in his first season as an analyst on "Monday Night Football" games after having been fired by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the end of the 2008 season. Gruden was expected to be among the high-profile candidates Redskins owner Daniel Snyder would pursue should he decide to replace Coach Jim Zorn, who is under contract to coach next season.

Mike Holmgren, another supposed candidate, during a recent radio interview made critical comments about the Redskins' treatment of Zorn, one of Holmgren's former assistants with the Seattle Seahawks. Former Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan reportedly is more interested in other potential openings and Bill Cowher, another Super Bowl-winning former coach, also is expected to have numerous options if he decides to return to coaching in 2010 or beyond. Cowher is most often mentioned in connection with the Carolina job, should that open up.

As always, stay tuned.

Breaking news...

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear the Redskins' naming case.

By Jason Reid  |  November 16, 2009; 10:04 AM ET
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Gruden is good in the booth.

I think it's the best trio they've had in a long time.

Posted by: RedDMV | November 16, 2009 10:09 AM | Report abuse

as Rinehart doesn't seem to be a long-term answer.

I love these kinds of posts....on the heels of the line playing possibly the best it has all year long....yup...good call...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | November 16, 2009 10:13 AM | Report abuse

You gonna die b!tch, I'm comin outta the BOOOOOOOOOTH!!!!

Posted by: Rypien11 | November 16, 2009 10:14 AM | Report abuse

There is no evidence or track record of success for returning champions to be successful again upon their return.

We don't necesssarily need a 'legends' coarch. We need a motivated successful coarch.

Hey, if they want to stick with Zoron through this awful patch, he could end up being the best choice with his 'trial by fire' experience. Y'know, break it down to build it up.... And since they didn't pull the trigger now, why would we see them pull it later?

Posted by: DikShuttle | November 16, 2009 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Where was Levi weeks 1 through 6 when the games still mattered? Oh yeah out there just waiting for a call, well done Vinny, truly well done.....

Posted by: zjfr2 | November 16, 2009 10:17 AM | Report abuse

LOL, Rypien. Classic Adam Sandler!

Posted by: brownwood26 | November 16, 2009 10:17 AM | Report abuse

"The Redskins are gonna Micheal Wolgenheimer the Broncos today.

Book it.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | November 15, 2009 11:19 AM "

Ahem... so, yeah...

Posted by: NateinthePDX | November 16, 2009 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Gruden's a better coach than broadcaster. That's a damning indictment of his performance in the latter.

Posted by: brownwood26 | November 16, 2009 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Big shout outs to Mikey Wolgenheimer.

Posted by: RedDMV | November 16, 2009 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Cross him off the list of coaches

Bill Cower
Mike Shanahan
Mike Holmgren
John Gruden
Brian Billick
Jim Fassel
Mike Martz
Jim Haslett
Russ Grimm
Jason Garrett
Clancy Pendergast
Rob Ryan
Leslie Frazier
Brian Schottenheimer
Ron Rivera
Mike Zimmer
Darrell Bevell
Pete Carmichael Jr.
Bobby April
Mike Heimerdinger
Rob Chudzinski

Posted by: alex35332 | November 16, 2009 10:19 AM | Report abuse

So what is it, either the Sherm Lewis hire was either a good hire or it isn't.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | November 16, 2009 9:58 AM


Bad hire considering the circumstances. Just being better than Zorn is hardly a good standard...there's nowhere to go but up if that's the only measuring stick you're using.

And what I said was, "Pretty pitiful that it took pulling a 67 year-old coach out of retirement to get this team to use its 2nd rounders from last year and to play to the strengths of the players on the roster." I don't see where you would think I said Sherm was a good hire in that remark.

Posted by: brownwood26 | November 16, 2009 10:19 AM | Report abuse

BTW lame that the strike through HTML code did not work there.

Posted by: alex35332 | November 16, 2009 10:21 AM | Report abuse

"The Redskins are gonna Micheal Wolgenheimer the Broncos today.

Book it.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | November 15, 2009 11:19 AM "

Ahem... so, yeah...

Posted by: NateinthePDX | November 16, 2009 10:17 AM | Report abuse


You could say the same thing if they had lost since no one really knows what a Michael Wolgeheimer is, other than a figment of RedDMV's imagination.

Posted by: Original_etrod | November 16, 2009 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Victory Monday!

Forgot how that felt...not to beat a dead horse, but can we just send Carlos Rogers home now? He got beat again on the double move (which isn't surprising), but my issue wasn't with that, it was with his attitude. Who the hell do you think you are CR? Deion Sanders? Acting like you don't care when you get benched? Really? On a 3-6 team? If I was his agent, I would quit this morning, cause he ain't gonna make any money off of Rogers' stupid azz...

Posted by: mattylight | November 16, 2009 10:23 AM | Report abuse

I am glad it won't be Gruden. After his QB merry-go-round in Tampa, I could only imagine what he would do in Washington without a bonafide QB.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | November 16, 2009 10:23 AM | Report abuse

I am gonna do this the lame way, Coaches who have more or less said they won't be the next head coach marked with an X.

Bill Cower
Mike Shanahan
X-Mike Holmgren
X-John Gruden
Brian Billick
Jim Fassel
Mike Martz
Jim Haslett
Russ Grimm
Jason Garrett
Clancy Pendergast
Rob Ryan
Leslie Frazier
Brian Schottenheimer
Ron Rivera
Mike Zimmer
Darrell Bevell
Pete Carmichael Jr.
Bobby April
Mike Heimerdinger
Rob Chudzinski

Posted by: alex35332 | November 16, 2009 10:24 AM | Report abuse

"...it appears Jon Gruden can be crossed off the list of possible candidates to become the Redskins' next head coach."


Didn't some guy in South Florida post this a month ago to a chorus of boos and statements about Dan Snyder and 7 million dollars?

Yeah, I thought so.

Cross off all tv coaches as future skins' head coaches as being a star/celebrity sports commentator is Madden status without the bus.

And ultimately, all coaches want an audience bigger than a 53 man roster.

Posted by: MistaMoe | November 16, 2009 10:26 AM | Report abuse

2009 Denver Broncos = 2008 Washington Redskins...

Get off to a red-hot start, win a few close games and get some fortunate breaks, but teams get some film on your new coach and your limited QB, and you promptly get exposed by the Steelers on MNF at home in a beatdown, and then collapse in the 2nd half...watch and see...

Posted by: mattylight | November 16, 2009 10:27 AM | Report abuse

The Redskins are going to need a head coach that has been away from the NFL for awhile and can still be fooled by Vinny's empty promises of autonomy. They need a guy who has totally fallen off the radar but has experience; maybe a guy who has been playing shuffleboard or calling BINGO... hey, wait a minute...

Posted by: RedSkinHead | November 16, 2009 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Denver came into the game with the 8th overall ranked defense against the run, which makes it more impressive what they did yesterday...

has rogers been sent home permanently yet??

seriously, thats what I want to happen this week, either cut him today, or let him stay home....he's a complete waste to put on the field at this point...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | November 16, 2009 10:32 AM | Report abuse

lose as a team win as a team. stop beating up Los. Champ is great , right? Well, Champ LOST

Rodgers got burnt, right? Well so does every DB in the league.

If fans dog the team all week long they can't root on Sunday - new rule

Posted by: pabrian2003 | November 16, 2009 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Not sure why you're arguing this with me if you agree. Pretty T_E of you, really.

And I did answer your question. Look at the top of the thread, 9:42 am.

Posted by: brownwood26

No, were not in agreement. If anything I wanted the RBs to be: Portis, Mason, and Aldridge. But since they weren't getting rid of Betts and Cartwright, I would have preferred them to cut ties with Cartwright.

And you didn't answer my questions. I'll post them again:

* How many yards and CARRIES did Cartwright and Betts have before yesterday?

* How many carries did Marcus Mason see when he was with the team?

You think that Mason is a scrub, and wasn't deserving of a roster spot. I say that he would have produced more than Rock Cartwright if kept on the team. Excuse me if I don't jizz my jeans over 41 yards and a 23 yard return average like you do.

You are using yesterday's performance as some sort of "score one for me" bs. And that's where believe or not, you're WRONG... You're dead wrong.

For the fourth time: Betts and Cartwright running the ball well yesterday has nothing to do with the capability of Marcus Mason and EVERYTHING to do with Portis being in street clothes.

Posted by: RedDMV | November 16, 2009 10:35 AM | Report abuse

pab, you're missing the point, los doesn't want to be hear, and doesn't care...read his quotes about being benched, he's not a team player....he's a lousy player, with a lousy attitude, and he's taking up a spot that he doesn't deserve.....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | November 16, 2009 10:36 AM | Report abuse

lose as a team win as a team. stop beating up Los. Champ is great , right? Well, Champ LOST

Rodgers got burnt, right? Well so does every DB in the league.

If fans dog the team all week long they can't root on Sunday - new rule

Posted by: pabrian2003 | November 16, 2009 10:35 AM | Report abuse

how bout another new rule, go find Larry Michael and Joe Theisman and you guys circle jerk each other to a picture of a Redskins helmet.

Posted by: zjfr2 | November 16, 2009 10:39 AM | Report abuse

seemed like Dallas lost a bunch of players yesterday...I know that their RT went down with a broke leg....seems like the cb Jenkins went down, as well as a safety....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | November 16, 2009 10:39 AM | Report abuse

pabrian2003, Rogers is getting dogged for his play on the field (seems that this punk can't learn what a double move is), but mostly for his comments.

IMO he has quit on the team and he stated he does not care. Who needs someone like him (a loser and a quitter) on the team?

Tired of excuses on the Auburn duo, although JC managed a good game yesterday.

Posted by: Curzon417 | November 16, 2009 10:39 AM | Report abuse

2009 Denver Broncos = 2008 Washington Redskins...

Get off to a red-hot start, win a few close games and get some fortunate breaks, but teams get some film on your new coach and your limited QB, and you promptly get exposed by the Steelers on MNF at home in a beatdown, and then collapse in the 2nd half...watch and see...

Posted by: mattylight


Shoot, watch and see? It's already happening.

Posted by: RedDMV | November 16, 2009 10:40 AM | Report abuse

pab, you're missing the point, los doesn't want to be hear, and doesn't care...read his quotes about being benched, he's not a team player....he's a lousy player, with a lousy attitude, and he's taking up a spot that he doesn't deserve.....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | November 16, 2009 10:36 AM | Report abuse

exactly, he is a bad guy, bad player, and bad teammate. He was throwing everyone from the owner to the trainer under the bus earlier when the losing streak started and now he isn't even able to own up to his mistakes or show any improvement or that he even cares, he's had a terrible season and been getting beat over and over again. He made Bethel Johnson look like Calvin earlier in the year and he's just been getting abused all year. Dhall may tackle like a girl but at least he can cover and catch, he has made more game changing picks in 10 games than Rogers has in his career.

Posted by: zjfr2 | November 16, 2009 10:42 AM | Report abuse

curz, yup, time for rogers to go bye-bye...he sucks, just absolutley horrible...its like his rookie year, and he knows nothing...I wish someone in the press would ask him why he can't cover that move..

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | November 16, 2009 10:44 AM | Report abuse

BREAKING NEWS
Supreme Court declines to take Redskins' naming case


As expected, the Supreme Court of the United States has decided not to hear the suit that would force the Washington Redskins to change the team's name as per the wishes of various Native American Civil Rights Groups.

"We have better things to watch," Judge Clarence Thomas is quoted as saying while flipping through a set of unmarked dvds labeled with triple X's.

The White House declined to comment on the issue as with the president in China, there was no one around to make outrageous and empty promises.

Rush Limbaugh is said to be considering purchasing the redskin team as its racially offense name is in-keeping with his true feelings about people of any color.

"I want this team to fail," Limbaugh shouted to his masses of DittoHeads.

Obviously, Mr. Lmbaugh hasn't seen too many redskin game this season.

The team has failed quite admirably without his influence.

Posted by: MistaMoe | November 16, 2009 10:44 AM | Report abuse

sheep, jeep

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | November 16, 2009 10:46 AM | Report abuse

So, um, [not looking at zJack], I'm backing off my earlier degree of certainty about the Bronco's post season chances -- but I still say they have a shot at a wild card spot.

NFL sites gives its game ball to Ladell Betts, who totally had a great game. My offensive game ball goes, however, to Rock F'in Cartwright for some CRUCIAL first down carries and a 4.6 yard average (9 carries for 41 yards ... that is better that Betts was behind Portis), including a 17 yarder.

Defensive game ball goes to Lozo for his first half "executions" (1st quarter) punching the ball out of Buckhalter and setting up Doughty's fumble recovery (huge momentum shifter) and (2nd quarter) completely de-cleating LaMont Jordan on a kick off return (massive ignition of the home team crowd after the Skins had just tied it up).

Honorable mentions: Invisible touchdown machine (Todd Yoder) and Hunter the Passer. Prediction: defensive rookie of the week ... Orakpo ... the sack from lining up a MLB was lovely mayhem unbound.

Posted by: dcsween | November 16, 2009 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Alright Red, last time I address your venom on this topic:

-F Marcus Mason. To borrow your term, excuse me if I don't jizz my jeans over kickoff return fumbles and 6 carries for 19 yards. The Redskins gave him more of a chance than the Jets and Ravens did, and those organizations had more of a need at the position at the time.

-And for the fourth time, I agree with your assessment that Betts and Cartwright getting a chance yesterday had to do with Portis being hurt and not Marcus Mason. All I said is that the "cut Betts for Mason" crowd were wrong. If you're in that crowd, you're wrong. If you're not, I don't get what your gripe is.

-Since you keep ducking the question, I'm gonna assume you don't think Mason would have gone for 114 yards and a touchdown yesterday. And that I'd agree with.

Posted by: brownwood26 | November 16, 2009 10:52 AM | Report abuse

So what is it, either the Sherm Lewis hire was either a good hire or it isn't.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | November 16, 2009 9:58 AM


Bad hire considering the circumstances. Just being better than Zorn is hardly a good standard...there's nowhere to go but up if that's the only measuring stick you're using.

And what I said was, "Pretty pitiful that it took pulling a 67 year-old coach out of retirement to get this team to use its 2nd rounders from last year and to play to the strengths of the players on the roster." I don't see where you would think I said Sherm was a good hire in that remark.


Posted by: brownwood26 | November 16, 2009 10:19 AM

But Brownwood, just being better than Zorn might be all it takes to make this a successfull Team.

How quickly we forget that this Redskin Team was never considered to be as bad as Zorn has coached it.

Our Defense was and still is one of the best in the League. It is just that Zorn has done such a bad job on the Offensive side, it has made us look terrible.

However, the simple hire of the Bingo Caller, and a lot of you and I'm not accusing you of this, disrepected Sherman Lewis, essentially took control of the Offense away from Zorn.

If Zorn dosen't screw it up, The Bingo Caller could save his job.

Getting Sherman Lewis, whomever idea it was might turn out to be a stroke of genius, especially if they do not allow Zorn to make major decisions with the offense, like putting Portis back as the starter.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | November 16, 2009 10:54 AM | Report abuse

By the way Brownwood26, nice breakdown of my post a couple blogs back.

I think you unwittingly put more value to the points being made without realizing that you really were not in disagreance. Damn good breakdown.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | November 16, 2009 11:02 AM | Report abuse

I wouldn't rule him out, because I'm betting that there is a clause that would allow him to leave for a coaching position..other coaches who have left to become commentators have had the same clause.

Posted by: emperorbob21 | November 16, 2009 11:05 AM | Report abuse

But Brownwood, just being better than Zorn might be all it takes to make this a successfull Team.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | November 16, 2009 10:54 AM


Not true.

Gibbs 2.0 is better than Zorn. Marty is better than Zorn. Hell, even Norv is better than Zorn. And none of those guys had any sustained success here.

Zorn is bad, everyone but Zorn knows that. But Sherm is a band-aid on a gunshot wound. This team needs to be rebuilt and only then will REAL change come.

Posted by: brownwood26 | November 16, 2009 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Gruden! Best analyst on TV, and Jaws is right up there, too. UD Flyers in the house, baby!

Posted by: paperboy76 | November 16, 2009 11:41 AM | Report abuse

don't those tv deals usually come with out clauses like "i can leave if i get a head coach job in nfl"?

Posted by: minnyspinny | November 16, 2009 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Signing an extension with ESPN doesn't mean jack. It only says to Gruden, "Hey we like ya, and we want to make sure you stay for next year, just in case you're not coaching".

These "extensions" have clauses in them that if the coach is pursued and offered ajob he could pretty much opt out of the contract.

Posted by: SmashMouth | November 16, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Why, Gruden is a terrible commentator. And I don't see why the Redskins would want the George Allen (aka macaca)-backing jerk anyway

Posted by: nadeemsx | November 16, 2009 1:08 PM | Report abuse

That does not mean anything....These coaches that sign deals to commentate ALWAYS have clauses that if a Head coaching job comes up they can leave!

Posted by: leevi98 | November 17, 2009 12:54 AM | Report abuse

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