ESPN: Jay Gruden's role as head coach won't affect brother Jon's analyst role

Thursday January 9th, 2014

Jay Gruden (Nick Cammett/Getty Images) Jay Gruden worked as an assistant on his brother Jon's staff in Tampa Bay. (Nick Cammett/Getty Images)

If the Redskins are on Monday Night Football next season, it will bring up an intriguing scenario — ESPN analyst Jon Gruden assessing his younger brother, Jay's, team.

As part of ESPN's Monday Night Football broadcast preparation, color commentator Jon Gruden has access to both teams playing in the game. In other words, Jon could be privy to Jay's opponent's game plan due to the former's presence at practices and production meetings.

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But ESPN told Pro Football Talk it won't change its coverage despite a potential conflict.

“Jon is our Monday Night Football analyst,” ESPN said in a statement. “If we have the Redskins, he will call the games. We will be transparent about their relationship. Jon is a professional and will call the games objectively.”

There weren't any complaints from teams — at least publicly — when Jon was the analyst for two Bengals Monday night games the last two seasons when Jay was the offensive coordinator in Cincinnati.

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