It seems every year, when teams are searching for (or will be searching for) a new head coach, one guys name is kicked around all the time. Jon Gruden has been rumored to have been coaching anyplace from Ohio State, to Notre Dame all the way up to teams in the NFL. That trend is continuing as the rumors are already starting to brew that if (or likely when) the Eagles part ways with Andy Reid, it will be Gruden leaving the MNF booth to head back to the sidelines.
Howard Eskin from CBS Radio in Philadelphia has taken the first “Gruden to Philly” rumor to the social media airwaves, hitting up Twitter saying sources have told him Gruden wants to coach again and Philly is a likely landing spot.
Could Jon Gruden be the next Eagles head coach. Sources tell me he wants to coach again. IF the Eagles change the NFL assistants r weak,sooo
— Howard Eskin (@howardeskin) November 8, 2012
For those wondering who Eskin is, he’s the sideline reporter for the Eagles, so when he says he has sources, he’s not pulling a Chris Broussard (see: Talking out of your…you know).
This is all of course hinged on the fact that the Eagles are firing Reid at the end of the season. There’s no guarantee that Jeff Lurie will fire Reid after the season, but the way things are going right now, that looks like a distinct possibility. As Eskin notes, if Gruden is hired, the Eagles will clean house and let go all of their assistants, and the pool of available assistants this season isn’t the strongest pool.
But we’ve reached Week 10 and we already have our first obligatory “Jon Gruden to coach so-and-so team” report of the season.