The Indianapolis Colts likely are stuck with the same head coach in 2017, but it apparently wasn’t for lack of trying.
Colts owner Jim Irsay did, in fact, pursue ESPN analyst and former NFL head coach Jon Gruden for Indianapolis’ head-coaching job, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Saturday, citing league sources. But Gruden “resisted overtures” from Irsay and decided to stay in TV, per Schefter, and the Colts reportedly plan to bring current coach Chuck Pagano back for another season.
Speculation that Irsay had his sights set on Gruden surfaced last weekend when it was rumored that the owner’s plane was in Houston the same day that Gruden was there to call the Texans’ AFC Wild Card Game against the Oakland Raiders.
Gruden, for his part, denied speaking with Irsay.
?I know nothing,” Gruden said, via Pro Football Talk. “I?ve told people, I?m not coaching. I?m a broadcaster, I?m not a coach.”
Indianapolis missed the playoffs again this season after another disappointing 8-8 campaign, sparking rumors that Pagano and general manager Ryan Grigson could lose their jobs. And even though Pagano and Grigson appear safe as of now, there’s still a possibility Irsay shakes things up before the 2017 season starts.
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