Monday, January 7, 2008

Will Gruden coach in 2008 as a lame duck?

Will Gruden coach in 2008 as a lame duck?

In March, Tampa Bay Buccaneers VP Joel Glazer indicated Jon Gruden's future as head coach was linked to a sense by ownership that the franchise was heading in the right direction following a 4-12 season and a last-place finish in the NFC South.

Was the one-and-done effort in the playoffs enough to determine if the direction is right or not? The Tampa Tribune Monday asked fans if Gruden deserves a contract extension.

Gruden is under contract for 2008, but without and extension he would be nothing but a lame duck coach. Also, defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin is without a contract following the loss Sunday to the New York Giants.

Sanders wins NFL Defensive Player of the Year
Bob Sanders' impact on the vastly improved Indianapolis defense, not to mention his impact on opposing ball carriers, earned the Colts safety The Associated Press 2007 NFL Defensive Player of the Year award Monday. Sanders makes highlight films with his smash-mouth style and knack for always being near the ball.

Sparano lining up coaching staff in Miami? is reporting Tony�Sparano, who has yet to be officially offered the Miami Dolphins coaching job, is starting to lineup a staff. is reporting�David Lee could be the next offensive coordinator in Miami. Lee is scheduled to be the new offensive coordinator at the University of Mississippi under Houston Nutt.�Lee served as offensive coordinator in 2007 under Nutt in Arkansas but spent four years prior to that working with Bill Parcells and Sparano in�Dallas.

There's a rumor that Lee has told Nutt that he won't be coming to Mississippi, and that Lee instead will be on Sparano's staff in Miami. As the rumor goes, Nutt already is looking for another offensive coordinator.

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