Jay Gruden: 'Eventually, you'd like to run your own ship'
Posted by: Chris Vannini on Tuesday January 08, 2013
Posted by: Chris Vannini on January 8, 2013
Jay Gruden isn't planning on going anywhere, but he's still going to do interviews.
Speaking to the team's official website, the Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator said he figures he should take calls from teams while they're calling.
"I got called to interview for these jobs. I figure I better say yes or they'll quit asking me," he said. "I think it will be a great experience and it's exciting. I have every intention of coming back here. We've got a great group of guys here. We're excited for the future here."
Gruden has drawn interest in from the Cardinals and Eagles for their head coaching jobs. He will interview with Arizona later in the week.
While he says he doesn't plan on leaving Cincinnati this offseason, he does hope he'll get a chance to be a head coach when he believes the time is right.
"I also know in this business your welcome mat doesn't last forever and I'm sure mine has probably been kicked off the doorstep. People probably want me out of here right now," Gruden said. "When you enter the coaching profession you necessarily don't do it to be an assistant your whole life. Eventually you'd like to be top dog and run your own ship. When the time's right.
"Every team has their issues and their problems. That's why they're looking. Eventually when the time is right, hopefully I'll get a chance. If not this year, or next year, or the year after. I'll be happy here because it's a great place."
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