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Gruden to D.C. A Real Possibility

Posted Dec 17, 2009 by Ira Kaufman

Updated Dec 17, 2009 at 05:08 PM

TAMPA—There’s only one reason Jon Gruden would consider working in the nation’s capital.

But it’s a big one.

An opportunity to reunite with Bruce Allen has to be very tempting for Gruden, the former Bucs coach who is enjoying his first season as an ESPN analyst on “Monday Night Football.’‘

Gruden and Allen worked together in Oakland for four years and Allen was Gruden’s hand-picked choice to replace Rich McKay as Tampa Bay’s GM in 2004. They have a strong working relationship and are close friends and neighbors at Avila, the exclusive community in northwest Tampa.

With Allen already in place in Washington, rumors are rampant that Gruden will agree to coach the Redskins, ditching ESPN in the process.

Gruden and Allen went 38-42 together during their five years in Tampa, winning two division titles before the December collapse that cost both men their jobs last January. If Gruden wants the Washington job, his ESPN agreement won’t stand in his way.

He can get out of his ESPN deal for another head coaching job, but Gruden has a lot to consider.

He has enjoyed watching his son, Deuce, play football on Friday nights for Carrollwood Day School and the idea of Gruden working in a cold-weather site is another potential obstacle. He also must decide how he feels about Redskins QB Jason Campbell, who has been erratic this season.

Still, the chance to work with Allen again is a powerful lure. These golfing buddies are comfortable with each other and in the end, that could be enough to make the difference.

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