ProFootballTalk.com reported Jon Gruden has not made a Sabanesque statement denying interest in the Tennessee coaching job. According to PFT Gruden said:
â€œIâ€™ve said it from the beginning, this is the only job Iâ€™ve really ever wanted. As long as the Glazers will have me, Iâ€™ll be here. I have a lot of respect for Tennessee. I grew up down there a little bit, my wife is from there, but this is where I want to be. I can only make myself that clear.
â€œI donâ€™t want to even start that. Iâ€™ve wanted to be in the NFL my whole life. This is something Iâ€™m really excited to do, and this is where I want to be. Iâ€™ll leave it at that.â€
PFT believes this leaves Gruden wiggle room for the Volunteers to pursue Gruden at the end of the Bucsâ€™ season.
However, I believe the statement might reveal Grudenâ€™s thinking. His relationship with the Glazers is strongâ€”the owners have supported Gruden through some tough seasons. If he really does love the NFL, he has the best job he could ever hope to haveâ€”one where he and the owners are on the same page. How often does that happen? If he were to leave he would replace that relationship with something unknown, a relationship with a president, athletic director and boosters.
It will be interesting to watch Gruden to see if he delivers a more definitive statement; however, what he has said so far seems very informative.