According to a report from philly.com’s Paul Domowitch, longtime Monday Night Football analyst Jon Gruden is interested in becoming the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. Gruden once worked as the Eagles’ offensive coordinator, from 1995-1997.
Gruden has spent eleven years as a head coach in the NFL — four with the Oakland Raiders (1998-2001) and seven with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2002-2008), and won the Super Bowl in his first season in Tampa Bay. This means that Gruden’s seven-season break from a head coaching position is nearly as long as his actual coaching tenure.
The Eagles made an uncharacteristic move by firing then-coach Chip Kelly before their Week 17 game. It was the first time since 1985 that the time made an in-season coaching change — a year in which one of Gruden’s ESPN colleagues, Ron Jaworski, was the starting quarterback.
Further reports from philly.com indicate that the team will not be hiring Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase, whom the team had interviewed earlier this week.