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Colts Owner Jim Irsay Pursued Jon Gruden As A Potential Head Coach

Jon Gruden talks about the Tennessee coaching job while on ESPN.

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Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay reportedly pursued Jon Gruden as a potential head coach, but Gruden declined the offer.

Things are weird right now in Indianapolis. The Colts went 8-8 and missed the playoffs for the second straight season, and the critics of head coach Chuck Pagano only got louder as the season went on. Pagano was expected to get canned upon the season's end, but up to this point owner Jim Irsay has been completely silent, leaving fans and reporters alike to speculate as to what exactly is going on.

Pagano made it clear during his post-season press conference he believes he's coming back next year to coach, but according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Pagano's job is definitely in jeopardy.

Check it out:

Hmmm. So we can gather that Irsay is definitely exploring his options, but not much else. And while Gruden's name gets brought up in rumors with seemingly very coaching job, this one seems pretty legit:

$10 million a year is apparently what it will take to pry Gruden away from broadcasting, and that'd make him the highest paid coach in the NFL, which is a little absurd considering he hasn't stepped foot on an NFL sideline for eight years. At any rate, according to Schefter it doesn't look like the deal is happening, so for the time being, Pagano and Grigson will remain in Indy and Colts fans will continue to remain in the dark.