Eagles Are Rebooting Coaching Search, But Will Jon Gruden Be On Their ListBREAKING NEWS, Coaching Staff, Eagles, News Tuesday, January 8th, 2013
I’m sure it would be rather fascinating to hear the conversations taking place around the Nova Care Complex nowadays. It’s a challenging time for Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie, General Manager Howie Roseman, and team President Don Smolenski. They’re looking for a new head coach for the first time in 15 years and so far things haven’t go very well.
They met with Penn State’s Bill O’Brien, who had already met with the Browns, but the coach decided to stay at State College, as well he should have. I can understand him being high on the Eagles list, but the timing wasn’t good. Could you imagine how Nittany Lions fans would react to O’Brien for leaving after only a year?
By now you know the story with Oregon’s Chip Kelly. First he spent a day with Joe Banner and the Browns. Everyone was sure he was going to sign with Cleveland, but he got caught up in a meeting with the Eagles and never had his second meeting with the Browns.
It looked like he was leaning toward the Birds, but he decided to head back to Oregon. No one really knows how serious Kelly has been about the two years of extended flirting with the NFL. He may be the kind of guy, who likes to know he is wanted. Still it had to disappointing for the Eagles to not get their guy after a nine hour meeting with him.
They met with Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy on Sunday in Denver. There hasn’t been much word on how the McCoy interview went, but we know as of today, he’s not the Eagles coach.
So that brings us today and the Eagles head coaching search, they’ve been left holding the bag by their top two candidates. Of course they will deny it. They believe that the Eagles head coaching position is one of the top jobs in the league. Perhaps it is, but you wonder how it stacks up against other open spots.
None of this will matter as long as they find a quality head coach, who turns the team around and leads them to a Super Bowl victory. The process will continue with an interview of Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, Cincinnati’s offensive coordinator Jay Gruden and Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley.
Arians is older than the other candidates, but he proved this year by leading the Colts to the playoffs as an interim head coach, that he’s up to the job.
Jay Gruden didn’t impress me. I thought the Bengals offense lacked imagination and I didn’t think quarterback Andy Dalton grew very much from his first year to his second year.
Bradley is very intriguing and likely to be very popular with Eagles fans because of his temperament. His defense is very physical and they play with fire. The defensive coordinator could bowl the Eagles over in an interview and overcome the fact that Lurie wants an offensive guy to be his next head coach.
I like the fact that he would bring more toughness to the Eagles, which is something they need desperately. His personality would probably buy him a little more time.
I heard Ron Jaworski on the radio yesterday talking about how he would sit down with Jon Gruden and Bill Cowher, then ask them if they were interested in coaching the Eagles, if he were in charge of the head coaching search party. Jaws also said Gruden was interested in returning to coaching, but only with certain teams. The Eagles happen to be one of the teams he had expressed interest in coaching.
I know Lurie does not want to let somebody else decide who his next coach will be, but Gruden has a resume that is worthy of at least a phone call and a meeting. There’s no wrong with at least kicking the tires.
Gruden is today’s wild card, who would excite a lot of Eagles fans. He’s excellent in designing a running game. Gruden is as much a proponent of the running game as Andy Reid was of the passing game. Gruden would get a lot out of the Birds returning offensive linemen, Jason Peters, Todd Herremans and Jason Kelce.
You know he has thought about designing runs for LeSean McCoy. Add young Bryce Brown to the equation and the Birds would be moving the football.
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