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Jay Gruden emerges as a coaching candidate in Philadelphia

Jay Gruden, Andy Dalton AP

The latest name to emerge as a candidate for the Eagles’ head-coaching vacancy is Gruden. But not Jon Gruden.

The Eagles are expected to seek permission from the Bengals on Monday to talk to their offensive coordinator, Jay Gruden, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports.

Jay is the younger brother of former Raiders and Buccaneers head coach Jon Gruden, who has been mentioned as a potential candidate to coach the Eagles as well. Jon Gruden has said all his focus is on continuing to work at ESPN as the color commentator on Monday Night Football, although Jon hasn’t stated unequivocally that he will not consider a return to coaching.

The 45-year-old Jay has strong credentials: In two seasons as the Bengals’ offensive coordinator he has had a lot of success with rookie quarterback Andy Dalton running his offense, and prior to working in Cincinnati he spent six seasons as an assistant on his brother’s staff in Tampa. Jay also has a total of 10 seasons of head coaching experience in Arena Football (much of it while moonlighting during Buccaneers offseasons), and in addition to serving as an Arena Football head coach he was an Arena Football quarterback who was so successful that when the Arena Football League celebrated its 20th anniversary by naming its all-time top 20 players, Gruden came in at No. 4.

That the Eagles are planning to seek permission from the Bengals on Monday suggests that they don’t anticipate having their coaching search wrapped up this weekend — or that they want any candidates who are dragging their feet to know that the Eagles are prepared to move on to other candidates.

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51 Responses to “Jay Gruden emerges as a coaching candidate in Philadelphia”
  1. bunjy96 says: Jan 5, 2013 11:36 AM

    Better choice of the two

  2. steelernationisthepinnacleofexistenceyouarenothing says: Jan 5, 2013 11:37 AM

    No! Keep him in Cincy! Please!

  3. mazblast says: Jan 5, 2013 11:37 AM

    I guess they’re anticipating Gruden’s season being over by Monday.

  4. baloneyjohn says: Jan 5, 2013 11:39 AM

    Arena football experience, as a head coach, might be worth something in Pop Warner.
    A stretch to say the Arena football is even pro football
    Ridiculous comment/article

  5. dabearsk says: Jan 5, 2013 11:39 AM

    Not sure why Jon hasn’t gotten any interviews…maybe folks think he is too much of a rock star.. It’ll be interesting to see if Jay gets a head coaching gig does Jon come help him.

  6. bonniebengal says: Jan 5, 2013 11:40 AM

    Really don’t think he should leave the Bengals yet. He needs a few more years as OC. Jumping to head coaching positions so quickly rarely works out well. Right, Josh McDaniels?

  7. edhochuli says: Jan 5, 2013 11:40 AM

    So technically the know it all philly fans weren’t wrong when they kept vowing “when Gruden comes to town he’ll fix things” on here for the past couple months.

  8. anonymouslyanonymouscommentor says: Jan 5, 2013 11:40 AM

    At this point who isn’t a candidate for the Eagles?

  9. samoanjungle says: Jan 5, 2013 11:41 AM

    He hasn’t had such a great run of late. The Offense hasn’t done well and some of his play-calling is a head-scratcher

  10. newmarketmaulers says: Jan 5, 2013 11:41 AM

    Not a fan of either the team or the guy, but would love to see Bro get a HC job before the other Gruden.

  11. ctown66 says: Jan 5, 2013 11:42 AM

    this locks kelly in to ctown. go browns baby!!! new day for browns fans thank you lerner for selling the team ;-)

  12. greymares says: Jan 5, 2013 11:43 AM

    turn every stone there are a lot of good football coaches available, i personally want a guy that is not locked into any one system, offense or defense and is willing to change with the personnel that becomes available. i would also like a coach who has an ego but not so much that he wont bring in experienced coordinators to run the respective sides of the ball.

  13. philly803 says: Jan 5, 2013 11:52 AM

    I would love this move if he can make Andy look good he can surely work with Nick

  14. 1oldpro says: Jan 5, 2013 11:53 AM

    There will be four teams eliminated from the playoffs the next two days. Then the coaching pool starts to widen!
    More candidates, more openings.

  15. nextlevelfb says: Jan 5, 2013 11:54 AM

    The guy is a winner and won everywhere he’s been…hire him!

  16. riverhorsey says: Jan 5, 2013 11:56 AM

    Gruden looks like the guy Philly wants

  17. jamal1971 says: Jan 5, 2013 11:58 AM

    I would to hate to see Jay go to Philly,but the Bengals do have a replacement in place on the staff in WR Coach in James Urban. Jay deserves to be a head coach and I hope that he will get the opportunity to be one soon.

  18. gibbskins9 says: Jan 5, 2013 12:04 PM

    Somebody has to!!!

  19. bumbleb572 says: Jan 5, 2013 12:04 PM

    Nice consolation prize! If you do not think the Eagles wanted Kelly you are nuts. They are not going to admit to getting punked by their former employee(Banner) which is exactly what happened.

  20. ballboy48 says: Jan 5, 2013 12:09 PM

    This would be great for Philly and Nick Foles.

  21. mungman69 says: Jan 5, 2013 12:09 PM

    Yes, the Eagles want someone with NFL work.

  22. mungman69 says: Jan 5, 2013 12:12 PM

    Does this mean that Chip Kelly is a Brown?

  23. peytonwantsaflag says: Jan 5, 2013 12:13 PM

    As a Bengals fan I just have to say this -

    hey, hey, hey, wait a minute here. What about the Rooney rule (which I am now all in favor of). Don’t they have to talk to some other people first?

  24. larrydavidstern says: Jan 5, 2013 12:16 PM

    Does nobody care that the Bengals have been in the bottom 15 of offenses the past 2 seasons? Guess not when your last name is Gruden.

  25. kevbubba says: Jan 5, 2013 12:21 PM

    To the dude who said wait ’til July, you are crazy. We will have a new coach in Philadelphia before end of next week.

  26. curt7234 says: Jan 5, 2013 12:24 PM

    I don’t get the hype over Jay Gruden. The Bengal offense has folded 2 years in a row at the end of the year when they were needed most. The Gruden the Eagles should be after is Jon. Settling for jay gruden is like settling for the ugly sister with the hot body, while your best friend moves in and takes the Hot sister with the hot body away from you.

  27. defswitch says: Jan 5, 2013 12:24 PM

    I like Jay Gruden over the other candidates. Wouldn’t mind him as our next head coach.

  28. kvanhorn87 says: Jan 5, 2013 12:25 PM

    This Eagles fan wants Gus Bradley. Sure the Eagles will get jay Gruden instead.

  29. greymares says: Jan 5, 2013 12:28 PM

    peytonwantsaflag says:
    Jan 5, 2013 12:13 PM
    As a Bengals fan I just have to say this -

    hey, hey, hey, wait a minute here. What about the Rooney rule (which I am now all in favor of). Don’t they have to talk to some other people first?——————————————————————————-the Eagles have satisfied that with the interview of Keith Armstrong.

  30. dolphins4 says: Jan 5, 2013 12:30 PM

    Why not go after Lovie Smith?

  31. bonniebengal says: Jan 5, 2013 12:31 PM

    Funny the best coaching prospect out there is Mike Zimmer, Bengals DC but he is continually overlooked because of his outspoken nature and “colorful” vocabulary. These owners/GMs would rather have their butts kissed than win.

  32. steves11 says: Jan 5, 2013 12:32 PM

    If the Eagles coaching vacancy goes on too much longer all of the top candidates will be gone and the Eagles will be down to interviewing Ray Rhodes and Rich Kotite for the job.

  33. eatitfanboy says: Jan 5, 2013 12:37 PM

    I think these teams are doing it all wrong.

    If I were running a team right now, I would be looking for a head coach from the Defensive side of the ball. Why?

    One of the best offensive coordinators ever in the NFL is available and is NOT going to get a head coaching job. Norv Turner is a great OC, but a terrible HC.

    So instead of taking a flier on a college coach who specializes in the offensive flavor of the day, hire a lock down defensive coach and bring in Turner to coach the offense.

  34. justintuckrule says: Jan 5, 2013 12:41 PM

    Hahahaha! Look at the eagles flirting with all these third tier scrub coaching candidates. They should just complete the transformation of being the worst team in the division for the next ten years and hire Jim zorn. Hahahaha

  35. macjacmccoy says: Jan 5, 2013 12:45 PM

    steves11: your right all the coaches will be gone. O wait the only coach that signed so far is the one the Eagles fired. So what are you talking about?

  36. edwinmoses says: Jan 5, 2013 12:46 PM

    Make a move Jay. Getting tired of your antics

  37. nfceastfan says: Jan 5, 2013 12:47 PM

    Nice consolation prize! If you do not think the Eagles wanted Kelly you are nuts. They are not going to admit to getting punked by their former employee(Banner) which is exactly what happened.
    ———————————————————-

    If they were as interested as the media wanted us to believe you would have thought they would have scheduled an interview before Saturday. The fact that they met with, and continue to meet other candidates before him, and after him, tells me all the Kelly to Philly reports come from agents trying to leverage their clients worth. Cleveland seems to be the only truly interested party.

  38. mungman69 says: Jan 5, 2013 12:47 PM

    Chip Kelly is in Philly right now. 12:47pm, Sat., 1/5/13.

  39. drbandkgb says: Jan 5, 2013 1:29 PM

    I love Jay in Cinci and would hate to loose him…

    I do not think he is ready to be a HC in the NFL.
    These Coords need a few years handling and learning their business before jumping to the Captains chair. Like others have posted.. This rarely ever works..

    And really our DC is much more serving as a HC..

  40. birdbrainsnj says: Jan 5, 2013 1:40 PM

    I love these kelly fans. Do you understand pro football?? Do you see his players in the nfl?? Chip kelly will be a disaster in this league and I can’t wait to see the browns crying as he fails miserably. Eagles not once expressed interest and never scheduled a meet. Pft just links everyone to everything so they look like they saw it coming. It’s a joke. Eagles will sign McCoy or someone that you’ve never heard of. Watch.

  41. rukkus1 says: Jan 5, 2013 1:49 PM

    As a coach or a player, Philly is the last place i would want to be. Fans cheer when you get hurt, fry you even when youve coached them to numerous playoffs and a super bowl…

  42. phillyfanmatt says: Jan 5, 2013 2:09 PM

    KC fans applaud when their own player gets hurt. But it’s always only Philly that gets talked about in the vain.

    Also Chip Kelly is not in Philly today. Philly management went to Arizona to meet with him today before he goes back to Cleveland for another meeting.

    And I agree we need a good OC but we need an even better DC so hopefully who ever ends up our head coach can put together a staff that meets our teams needs.

  43. olduke says: Jan 5, 2013 2:22 PM

    mungman69 says:
    Jan 5, 2013 12:47 PM
    Chip Kelly is in Philly right now. 12:47pm, Sat., 1/5/13.

    Yeah, right!

    Lueie and Roseman are in Arizona meeting Kelly, and not in Philly. They hopefully will hire Bradley next week!

  44. helloanybodyhome says: Jan 5, 2013 2:36 PM

    steves11 says:
    If the Eagles coaching vacancy goes on too much longer all of the top candidates will be gone and the Eagles will be down to interviewing Ray Rhodes and Rich Kotite for the job.

    I don’t understand your point, suppose they are targeting someone from a team that didn’t have a bye?…Reid’s been the only hire so far, and they weren’t hiring him.

  45. mungman69 says: Jan 5, 2013 3:04 PM

    He’s at Ginos having a cheestake.

  46. csilojohnson says: Jan 5, 2013 3:23 PM

    Great. He needs to be taken out of the broadcast booth somehow.

  47. csilojohnson says: Jan 5, 2013 3:24 PM

    Oops wrong Gruden. Duh.

  48. oldbyrd says: Jan 5, 2013 3:53 PM

    No big deal. Arena football league counts for 0 I can’t understand why u mention it. However he is a B plus off. coord, Ready for prime time? Not in my opinion.

  49. kev86 says: Jan 5, 2013 4:27 PM

    Tom Coughlin vs. Jay Gruden? Ouch.

  50. laserw says: Jan 5, 2013 10:13 PM

    After watching the Bungles in Houston, why would you want to replace misery with even more misery?

    I hate the Philthydelphia Iggles, but they deserve better than someone without any talent with the last name of a major league jerk.

  51. marv28 says: Jan 6, 2013 10:27 AM

    I like Jay Gruden he has NFL experience which he took the Bengals to the playoffs in 2 consecutive years as the OC. Plus he has a SB ring under his brother as the assistant head coach in Tampa. But I would take Kyle Shanahan over Jay, his offensive scheme for the game is crazy. Plus what he’s doing with RG3 and Alfred Morris as rookies, he can do with Foles and McCoy.

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