ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski told a Philadelphia radio station on Monday that former NFL coach and current Monday Night Football analyst Jon Gruden would be interested in the Eagles' vacant head coaching job.
Jaworski told The 97.5 Fanatic that Gruden would be intrigued by the job, noting that he and Gruden have discussed the possibility, according to John Clark of local television station NBC10. But Jaworski told the station that the Eagles have not yet reached out to Gruden to talk about the opening, a day after they were one of the teams spurned by Oregon coach Chip Kelly when he decided to stay with the university.
Ron Jaworski on 975 Fanatic says he talked with Jon Gruden. Eagles havent reached out to Gruden, and says Jon would be interested
— John Clark NBC10 (@johnclarknbc10) January 7, 2013
Gruden, the former coach of the Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers with a Super Bowl title in his belt, has been surprisingly absent from coaching rumors this offseason.
But on Monday, in addition to Jaworski's comments, the Cleveland Plain-Dealer reported that the Browns might pursue Gruden after being passed over by Kelly. But Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio promptly threw water on that report, suggesting it was smoke and mirrors from someone in the Gruden camp. Gruden compiled a 95-81 record over 11 seasons with the Raiders and Buccaneers. He hasn't coached in the NFL since 2008.