The only reason Jon Gruden is not an NFL coach is because doesn’t want to be. The highly coveted former head coach and current ESPN analyst is a hot coaching commodity, but has remained in the broadcasting booth because he just hasn’t come across the right opportunity, according to reports.
But he’s seeing the Eagles job as that right opportunity, per Philly.com. Now that Chip Kelly is out of the picture, Gruden is reported eyeing that gig. However, Eagles owner Jeff Lurie has some reservations, per philly.com.
One other name has sort of surfaced in the Eagles’ coaching search: Jon Gruden.
Gruden is doing his biennial return-to-coaching tire-kicking. Whether he’s serious this time or just needs his ego massaged still is unclear.
But a league source told the Daily News that he has informed Lurie, through an intermediary, that he is interested in the Eagles’ head-coaching job.
The source said that while Lurie likes and respects Gruden, who was the Eagles’ offensive coordinator in 1997-98, he has reservations about the ESPN Monday Night Football analyst’s ability/willingness to play nice with Roseman, who has returned to a seat of personnel power now that Chip Kelly is gone.