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#pounditMonday, May 27, 2024

Twitter revels in awkward banter between Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden

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Despite the fact that the entire world knows Jon Gruden is leaving the ESPN booth to coach the Oakland Raiders, he and Sean McDonough had to dance around the subject as they did one last broadcast together for Saturday’s AFC wild card game.

Gruden repeatedly rebuffed McDonough’s attempts to bring up the return to coaching, delighting Twitter, where many viewers sensed palpable tension between the two broadcasters.

It started from the very beginning, when Gruden quickly dismissed McDonough’s brief tribute by noting that nothing was official with regard to the Oakland job just yet.

Things continued to go downhill from there, with Gruden repeatedly brushing off any mention of the Raider job — despite McDonough bringing it up on more than one occasion.

Gruden is going to be very well-compensated in his return to coaching. The fact that it gave him an out to get away from McDonough is just a bonus.

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