Jon Gruden: Former NFL Coach Should Stay at ESPN Unless Better Jobs Open Up

Nicholas GossCorrespondent IJanuary 3, 2013

OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 18:  Former head coach of the Oakland Raiders and now ESPN Monday Night Football Analyst Jon Gruden looks on during pre-game warm ups before an NFL football game between the New Orleans Saints and Oakland Raiders at Coliseum on November 18, 2012 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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Former NFL head coach Jon Gruden should remain in his current position at ESPN unless a head coaching job on a contending teams opens up.

Gruden currently provides analysis on ESPN's Monday Night Football broadcasts alongside play-by-play man Mike Tirico, and he does a phenomenal job.

There are currently quite a few teams looking for a head coach right now, including the Cleveland Browns, Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, Philadelphia Eagles and the Chicago Bears. Only the Bears have a playoff-caliber roster that Gruden should give small consideration to if he was asked to interview.

But even the Bears might not be a good fit for Gruden, so the best decision he can make would be to wait until a more attractive job becomes available.

Is there a chance that could happen before next season? Let's look at some possible scenarios.

There are a few teams in the playoffs facing high expectations, and if those expectations aren't met, it's possible that some more coaches could be fired before the Super Bowl.

The Houston Texans have yet to make a deep postseason run under head coach Gary Kubiak, who has been the team's head coach for seven seasons with a record of 59-53 (including this year) and just one playoff victory.

If the Texans were upset in the Wild Card Round this weekend by the Cincinnati Bengals, would Kubiak be on the hot seat? Maybe, but the Texans would be wise to consider making a head coaching change if they don't win on Saturday.

The Atlanta Falcons have entered the NFC playoffs as the No. 1 seed, but they still haven't earned the respect of many NFL fans because of their recent struggles in the playoffs.

Falcons head coach Mike Smith has brought the team a long way since he was hired before the 2008 season, but his playoff record in Atlanta is 0-3.

If the Falcons lose in the divisional round and exit the playoffs without a victory for the fourth time in the last five years, the team should consider firing Smith.

There's a chance that these coaches could fail in the playoffs and keep their jobs, but you never know. The Texans and Falcons would be better jobs for Gruden than any of the ones currently open.

Gruden has a 95-81 record as an NFL head coach with five division titles and one Super Bowl championship on his resume.

He's a quality coach, but coming back to the NFL to take over a bad team with a very small chance of making the playoffs next season would be a waste of time for Gruden.

ESPN is the best place for Gruden unless a contending team makes a head coaching change and shows interest in the 49-year-old coach.