Brian Griese landed on his feet leaving ESPN Monday night football stand, becoming the new quarterbacks coach for the 49ers. But he acknowledges that while he is looking forward to this new opportunity, ESPN also wanted to get away from him.
Griese acknowledges that when ESPN was able to lure Troy Aikman as a new analyst, it meant he was out of a job. Luckily for him, he found a good one.
“I got to a point where I needed a new challenge,” Griese said. “That added to when ESPN decided to go in a different direction – I’m not saying they didn’t – but they got a bigger fish. I understand the dynamics of that. I I always knew this possibility and probably this probability existed. But I was able to do it at the highest level for two years, and I loved every minute of it. So I had a decision to make at that point. This opportunity presented itself, and it was a challenge that I wanted to run towards and not walk away from. I am excited about it. I am rejuvenated by the opportunity to return to the arena to compete, to win and lose and lead and be part of something bigger than yourself. It’s a real gift.
Griese had never been a coach before, but he said he was fine with coaching quarterbacks for the 49ers and had no higher aspirations to try and get a job. more important coaching position in the future. After losing his last job, he is satisfied with his new job.