Chucky Will Not Coach In 2012

December 31st, 2011

Former Bucs Super Bowl-winning coach Chucky has long been rumored to be stalking the sidelines for some team in 2012, once his $5 million a year contract with the Bucs was off Team Glazer’s books.

Apparently, that will not happen. Chucky spoke with eye-RAH! Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune this afternoon and said he will still be assaulting innocent football fans as a television analyst on Monday Night Football.

Dousing speculation he plans to return to the NFL sidelines, former Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden told the Tampa Tribune he is remaining with ESPN as an analyst for its “Monday Night Football” broadcasts.

“I love my job and I’ll be back at ESPN with the guys,” Gruden said. “I’m not going anywhere.”

Gruden, 48, has spent the past three NFL seasons in the ESPN booth with fellow analyst Ron Jaworski and play-by-play man Mike Tirico, receiving two Sports Emmy nominations. In October, Gruden signed a 5-year extension with ESPN.

Bad for football fans watching on TV, bad for some NFL team and, frankly, bad for the NFL that Chucky is not coaching. Joe’s just going to guess that no NFL team was serious in vying for Chucky’s services, otherwise he would be coaching.

It’s easy to say one is not interesting in returning to coaching if no team is interested in hiring him. It’s like Joe saying he’s not interested in a late-night wrestling match between the sheets with Marlana Aref into the small hours of the night.

Please, spare Joe the nonsense that Joe hates Chucky. He does not. Joe has long defended Chucky against the slander the Dungyphiles hurl his way — that Chucky won with Father Dungy’s talent, which is as insulting as it is inaccurate.

20 Responses to “Chucky Will Not Coach In 2012”

  1. Garv Says:

    Yeah, you like him, just not the sound of his voice or the way he treats those sweet players like Shaun King and Michael Clayton.

    I think there have been, what four anti Jon Gruden Joe thread this week alone when we kind of sort of maybe have more pressing issues facing the Buccaneers than how horrible a person the HC with the most wins in Buccaneer HISTORY including the SUPER BOWL is.

    Ah but it’s to be expected here and maybe one day I’ll learn another facet of acceptance and be at peace? Anyway……..

    Happy New Year!!!

  2. BamBamBuc Says:

    So, basically he’s saying “ESPN is paying me as much as I’d get to coach football, and I have to do none of the workload I’d have to do as a coach. I don’t have to watch film, I don’t have to analyze teams, I just have to talk. I can talk, no problem. AND I get paid for it. Wow, I love this network”.

  3. RastaMon Says:

    Great news…
    he is waiting for the new ownership….
    several stealthly posters have alluded to…
    bad news all have alluded that the change will not take place until 2013….
    a year that does not exist in the Mayan calender….
    we are left swinging in the wind…

  4. eric Says:

    i guess this means he is not broadcasting as a rehersal for owners and gms likes joe said.

    looks like the guy likes his job like he said all along.

    of course insinuating it means no team would offer him a job before the season is even over doest not in any way reflect joe dislikes him.

    clearly joe loves the guy. not like he has called him a liar and con man recently.

  5. TheProsUseAdvoCare Says:

    I just can’t stand that I have to hear him every Monday Night. He is atrocious at his new job. Not Tony Kornhole atrocious but still atrocious. I mean Jaws is bad enough but combined with Gruden I have to watch the games at only at bars or put the mute on and listen over the radio.

  6. SensibleBuc Says:

    “I love my job and I’ll be back at ESPN with the guys,” Gruden said. “I’m not going anywhere.”

    Translation: The offers I’m getting don’t excite me enough monetarily or in terms of control over personnel. I’m going to hold out to see who else gets fired and create a feeding frenzy for my services.

    I’m sorry but there are going to be WAY too many jobs open for him to be out of the running so soon. He’ll be coaching in 2012.

    Good luck Gru!

  7. bucfanjeff Says:

    I appreciate the SB he helped us get, but he’s over-hyped and over-rated.

  8. Apple Roof Cleaning Says:

    Regardless of what we think about Gruden’s performance as a sports commentator, the public loves him.
    MNF Ratings we at an all time high last year.
    If the Glazers did me the way they did Gruden, I would not be as kind to the Bucs on the air as Gruden is.
    When Jaws asked him what he thought was the problem in Tampa, I was waiting for Gruden to say ” This is what happens when you replaces a Super Bowl winning coach with a rookie”

  9. MTM Says:

    The rest of the NFL owners still remember how Gruden completely destroyed a Super Bowl winning team trying to prove he could do it with “his guys”. Not Dungy’s team. That D-bag is just as bad at commentating as he is at coaching. Offensive genius my arse. Gruden and Jaws deserve each other dumb and dumber. If I could just mute those 2 alone on MNF it would be perfect.

  10. Joe Says:


    MNF Ratings we at an all time high last year.

    That was last year.

  11. Joe Says:


    I think what this shows is the era of the — all together now “big name coaches” may be over. Cowher is still unemployed. Fisher to date has yet to sign with anyone, etc.

    “Big Name Coaches” come with big time salaries and history shows just because one has a name it doesn’t equate to Super Bowls.

  12. Joe Says:

    Sensibuc and BamBam nailed it.

  13. gotbbucs Says:

    i think the chucky persona wore thin on alot of people, myself included. i dont think he’s in as high demand as the talking heads make him out to be. my guess is most of the league hates him. he’s his own biggest fan.

  14. Thomas 2.2 Says:

    He works three days a week versus 7. His new ESPN extension accounts for the expiring buc money. His coaching value is increasing especially after what happened to this org after he left.

    There are numerous enterprises willing to pay him 5 million plus per. Rah will hopefully get a d backs coach job and a good 100-200k salary and be very comfortable.

  15. Patrick Says:

    @Garv… many times are you going to say “happy new year”?

  16. Pete Dutcher Says:

    I like Jon Gruden on MNF…I hated watching John Madden on there. Madden had something against the Bucs, and he always acted like we were an after thought, even when we were winning. HATED Madden.

    Considering all the mistakes Madden made, I really don’t care if Jon makes some.

  17. Garv Says:


    Not sure, will quit after midnight tomorrow. Hope that’s OK, I truly mean it as a positive good wish.

    Happy New Year!!!

  18. Mean D Says:

    Man, is Joe jealous of Gruden or what?

  19. Nick Says:

    Bucs need to get Norv as OC, yesterday

  20. Joe Says:

    Man, is Joe jealous of Gruden or what?

    Jealous? Of what?