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Jon Gruden to Dallas Cowboys rumors are 'ridiculous'

Yes, three coaches from Jon Gruden's former Tampa Bay Buccaneers staff have been added to Jason Garrett's current Dallas Cowboys' current staff. No, this does not mean the path is being cleared for Gruden to eventually take Garrett's job.

One Cowboys source told ESPN's Ed Werder that rumors linking Gruden to Dallas are "ridiculous."

Monte Kiffin (defensive coordinator), Rod Marinelli (defensive line coach) and Rich Bisaccia (special teams coach) now are all Cowboys employees with Gruden ties. New offensive coordinator Bill Callahan was on Gruden's Oakland Raiders staff. Tim Brown recently reminded us of this.

Gruden has been working in television since he was fired by the Bucs following the 2008 season. Earlier this month, ESPN colleague Ron Jaworski told a Philadelphia radio station that Gruden has not closed the door on a return to coaching.

"He's had numerous meetings that he's told teams he's not interested in certain jobs," Jaworski said. "There are jobs he's interested in, but no one at those teams has reached out to him, or they may even have a coach in place."

Is the Dallas job one of the positions that interests Gruden? We don't know, but it doesn't make much sense for the Cowboys to build their current staff around a future coach. You could even say it's ridiculous.

Follow Dan Hanzus on Twitter @DanHanzus.

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