Redskins Add Bruce Allen; Jon Gruden Speculation Next
And that means speculation about Jon Gruden to the Redskins is inevitable.
Yes, I know, Gruden and ESPN both insist that Gruden will be back in the Monday Night Football booth next year. But lots of coaches have said one thing and then done another when a new job opened up. And Gruden's history of working with Allen in Tampa Bay makes the two of them a natural fit.
Redskins owner Daniel Snyder is widely believed to want a head coach who is a proven winner -- a coach who already has a Super Bowl ring. Gruden qualifies. And Gruden (unlike Bill Cowher and Mike Shanahan, a couple of other available coaches with Super Bowl rings) would likely be willing to work for a team that didn't give him final say over personnel.
There's still a long way to go before the Redskins will hire their next head coach. But Jim Zorn is a near certainty to be fired in three weeks, and it's not a stretch to think Gruden will be his replacement.