Jon Gruden: If He Really Must Coach, Here Are 10 Better Options Than The U

Trae ThompsonSenior Analyst IDecember 1, 2010

Jon Gruden: If He Really Must Coach, Here Are 10 Better Options Than The U

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    Could Chucky be returning?

    Former coach Jon Gruden, currently an analyst for ESPN's Monday Night Football, is apparently the top choice of Miami to become their next head football coach. The opening came after Randy Shannon was fired on Saturday following the team's loss to South Florida.

    Gruden has already came out and said he enjoys his current job and wants to remain at ESPN. That could be the truth, but coaches have sent up smokescreens before to deflect attention and speculation. Next thing you know, they have a new gig.

    Could that be the case here? And is Miami really the best fit for him?

    Here are 10 other possibilities that could be much better.

10. Cincinnati Bengals

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    Yes, this franchise is a trainwreck, but you can also count on a potential lottery pick headed your way in the 2011 NFL Draft. It would be a low-pressure situation, too, because this team knows nothing about consistent success.

    College? It's win now or else.

9. Stanford

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    Like Gruden, Jim Harbaugh's name is always mentioned for other openings at the college and pro levels. If Miami happened to pry him away, or an NFL team, could you blame Gruden for landing this job?

8. Carolina Panthers

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    You know John Fox will likely be gone after the season, and this team basically needs to start from scratch. Gruden could get the chance to help build them from the ground up.

7. Georgia

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    The school would be crazy to get rid of Mark Richt, but his name has been mentioned among those coaches on the hot seat. If he did end up getting canned, how could you turn down the chance to coach at a prestigious program like this and in the SEC?

6. Arizona State

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    There are whispers that Dennis Erickson could be gone after this season. The cupboard isn't bare either, talent-wise.

5. San Francisco 49ers

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    You've got to wonder if Mike Singletary will be let go. Expectations were high to begin the year, but this team has struggled and still doesn't have a franchise quarterback.

4. Denver Broncos

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    Questions remain about just how safe Josh McDaniels' job really is. This once-proud franchise has hit hard times, but you've got to believe someone like Gruden could be a huge difference.

3. Cleveland Browns

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    It could be a great fit, since Gruden used to be an assistant for Browns' president Mike Holmgren.

2. Dallas Cowboys

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    Yes, having to work for Jerry Jones could pose some definite problems and keeps it from being the No. 1 choice on this list. But this is still the most prestigious franchise in the NFL and you certainly don't have to worry about a lack of talent.

1. Michigan

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    Sorry Hurricanes fans, but if Michigan gets rid of Rich Rodriguez and there's a chance to go to the Big House, you go for it. No questions asked.

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