Dick Vermeil had a pretty good run as the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles back in the late 70s/early80s. But while he made his legacy in St. Louis after coming out of retirement fifteen years after he left the Eagles job, that doesn’t mean Vermeil isn’t still fully invested in the direction of the franchise. That’s likely why Vermeil has come out and openly endorsed Jon Gruden as the next head coach in Philly.
“My choice would be Jon Gruden,” Vermeil told Anthony Gargano and Glen Macnow of WIP radio when asked who Vermeil thought should take the Eagles into the next era of the franchise. “I just think he’s a helluva of football coach, and I don’t want him to make the mistake I made, to wait too long to go back. I just think he’s a helluva football coach and a great personality.”
Up until recently, Gruden hadn’t shown any interest in returning to coaching, but when seven head coaches were axed on Black Friday, Gruden became increasingly curious about his future.
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Now that two former Eagles have come out and pushed public opinion towards Philly when it comes to where he will land, Gruden’s curiosity has our attention.
Earlier this week, former Eagles quarterback and fellow ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski said that he thinks his buddy would very much be interested in the Eagles job. Philadelphia has yet to contact Gruden, but after being burned by Chip Kelly and struggling in their coaching search, a phone call might not be far away.
But while everyone seems to be speaking on Gruden’s behalf, we have yet to hear from the man himself. It’s a nice thought to think of Gruden in Philly, as the rumors suggest, but we have to remember if we all had a dime for the number of times Gruden’s been “seriously” linked to a job over the years, we’d all be too rich to care about where he lands.