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Jon Gruden-to-Eagles speculation heats up after report

According to a report, Jon Gruden could be the next head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. (AP)

Jon Gruden is eager to return to coaching and could be the next head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles if they continue to falter this season, according to a report from the local Fox affiliate in Philadelphia.

Gruden, a one-time Eagles offensive coordinator, could be the team's main man if the organization decides to fire Andy Reid.

From Fox29's Howard Eskin:

"He enjoys working Monday Night Football in the ESPN Monday Night booth, but he is a coach and has the itch. I'm told he wants to go to a team that can win and the key has a quarterback."

So, Eskin said that puts two teams in the mix, the San Diego Chargers, where Gruden is tight with general manager A.J. Smith, and they have a good quarterback with Phillip Rivers.

"And the Eagles are also a good fit for the Gruden requirements," Eskin said. "He loves Philadelphia, thinks the Eagles will be a good team next year, and the key here: He likes the backup quarterback, Nick Foles, who he has already worked out while working for ESPN."

Both Reid and quarterback Michael Vick have come under fire as the Eagles have limped to a 3-5 start to the season. They have lost their last four games, including a 28-13 drubbing against the New Orleans Saints on Monday night.

Gruden hasn't been on the sidelines since the Tampa Bay Buccaneers fired him in 2008 after seven seasons with the organization. He is currently a Monday Night Football analyst at ESPN, and he has said he is happy in his current job.

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