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The Sports Xchange, Published December 30 2013

ESPN's Gruden not interested in NFL vacancies

ESPN analyst Jon Gruden told the St. Paul Pioneer Press on Monday that he is not interested in any of the NFL head coaching vacancies.

Five coaches have been fired in the past 24 hours, creating openings in Cleveland, Detroit, Minnesota, Tampa Bay and Washington.

"I don't want to be considered for any of these jobs," Gruden said. "I don't want to be considered for anything. There are plenty of good candidates out there. I'm just sick for the guys who can no longer coach their teams. ... I'm hoping to do the best I can to hang on to my job."

Gruden has been a Monday Night Football analyst since 2009 after coaching the Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a combined 11 years, including winning a Super Bowl title with the Bucs in the 2002 season.

Gruden's younger brother, Jay, is also considered a candidate for an NFL head coaching job. He is the Cincinnati Bengals' offensive coordinator.

"He's happy to be at Cincinnati and excited to be in the playoffs," Jon Gruden said. "I can't speak for him. ... I'm not going to. They're in the playoffs, and I'm obviously biased toward my brother."