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Jon Gruden denies report he’s interested in Eagles job

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Jon Gruden’s name briefly surfaced as a candidate for the Eagles’ coaching vacancy, but Gruden says he’s not interested.

After the Philadelphia Daily News reported that Gruden informed Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie, through an intermediary, that he is interested in the Eagles’ job, Gruden texted longtime Philadelphia broadcaster Howard Eskin to deny the report.

I’m not interested,” Gruden told Eskin.

Gruden coached the Raiders from 1998 to 2001 and the Buccaneers from 2002 to 2008, and his name has surfaced in connection with several coaching vacancies since the Buccaneers fired him. But Gruden has a prominent and high-paying job at ESPN, and he has said many times that he’s staying in broadcasting.

Eventually, the right job might come along, and the 52-year-old Gruden might get back in the coaching game. But so far, Gruden hasn’t publicly declared interest in any job other than the one he has, commentating on Monday Night Football.

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56 Responses to “Jon Gruden denies report he’s interested in Eagles job”
  1. jimmysee says: Jan 8, 2016 5:50 AM

    Gruden would be nuts to go back to coaching. He has nothing to gain and everything to lose from a move like that.

  2. birdsfan17 says: Jan 8, 2016 5:51 AM

    Its prob a long shot anyway, but Domo is a much more reliable source than eskin

  3. reprob8 says: Jan 8, 2016 5:52 AM

    In today’s “4 year contract, 2 year success window” climate, it wouldn’t be a wise move, particularly when the roster needs to be rebuilt.

  4. dansardo says: Jan 8, 2016 6:04 AM

    Unless he gets fired by MNF he isn’t coaching the the nfl again. Any rumor or speculation that he would is just really silly

  5. floratiotime says: Jan 8, 2016 6:14 AM

    Ridiculous. Everyone is interested in the Eagles. All coaches … draft picks … and free agents. They all want to go there.

  6. raiderlyfe510 says: Jan 8, 2016 7:08 AM

    Gruden’s gets paid more than Belechick..why would he go back to coaching?

    He’s still living, eating, sleeping, and breathing football, but he’s talking about it and analyzing it instead of enduring the stress of dangling between that thin line of victory and defeat on game day. While getting paid more than any football coach across the land.

    Plus he’s a Raider. If he ever comes back it would be with us, but we’re happy with JDR and Reggie Mac right now.

  7. channel124 says: Jan 8, 2016 7:08 AM

    He doesn’t want to be the 2nd best Gruden in the division.

  8. Big Ant TV says: Jan 8, 2016 7:18 AM

    all u so called football iq
    fans need too wake up
    if he or anyone hasn’t coached in
    8-10 years “cough” cowher cough gruden
    there not coming back especially if your working in a nice climate controlled studio or media box or even a nice state of the art espn/madden bus lol
    it didnt work with Joe Gibbs when he came back the game passed him by

  9. bobleblah says: Jan 8, 2016 7:19 AM

    Howard Eskin reported with absolute certainty that the Eagles would hire Butch Davis…the day before they hired Andy Reid…so if Gruden is hired it wouldn’t be the first time that Eskin was used to provide a smoke screen for the Eagles coaching search.

  10. investwax says: Jan 8, 2016 7:23 AM

    I don’t understand how stuff like this gets out. If Gruden did have an intermediary let Lurie know he is interested, who leaks this stuff to the media? The leak causes Gruden to have to publicly deny.

    Loose lips sink ships.

  11. firedog784 says: Jan 8, 2016 7:29 AM

    Gruden would not coach a team in the NFC East for as long as his brother is coaching there.

    Besides, he’s probably waiting for Belichick to retire and then coach the Pats.

  12. newpairofsox says: Jan 8, 2016 7:31 AM

    Howard Eskin is a hack. This is just another of his made up stories.

  13. uglydingo says: Jan 8, 2016 7:47 AM

    Jon Gruden had immediate success at the Buccs by winning the Super Bowl because he inherited a great team from Tony Dungy. However, truth be told, most of his 7 years in Tampa Bay were underwhelming.
    While the perception of Jon as an elite coach has been enhanced by his TV image, he knows the truth and he gets well paid by ESPN. Every few years, he uses the hint of getting lured back to coaching to get a pay raise. His best skill is actually marketing himself.

  14. Chip's_brain says: Jan 8, 2016 7:47 AM

    Dumb move firing Chip… even dumber if Eagles hired Gruden. The guy is a washed up has-been.

  15. wawa33 says: Jan 8, 2016 7:48 AM

    Gruden is only 52? Wow-he has been around forever it seems.

  16. maalea says: Jan 8, 2016 7:56 AM

    Gruden was the OC with the Eagles before he took the Raiders game.

  17. coloradofort says: Jan 8, 2016 8:06 AM

    Gruden’s agent puts this out there for publicity and contract leverage with the network. While he is awful on TV and I never listen to him he does have a great gig.

    But you must keep in mind that these coaches know they can get 3-4 year contacts at $4M-$6M annually of guaranteed money and they are set for life. That is why the NFL head coaches have no issue getting fired, its all about the payday.

    So why wouldn’t Gruden convince some idiot GM / Owner he is their guy and ride it for 3 years?

  18. bleedgreen says: Jan 8, 2016 8:12 AM

    Not only that, but even if he did come back, he wouldn’t come back to the same division as his brother. No way he’d want to do that.

  19. vetdana says: Jan 8, 2016 8:14 AM

    Why…Why ?….would Gruden ever give up the lucrative position that he now has for a Coaching position that will end just as soon as the losing of games….starts…you are gone in 1-2 yrs if your team is not going to Championships.
    Gruden is staying put !

  20. mcrummel says: Jan 8, 2016 8:15 AM

    Translation, The Eagles aren’t interested in Gruden.

  21. "Earvin Magic Jackson -- He's famous." says: Jan 8, 2016 8:15 AM

    I’m texting random 215 area code phone numbers to let someone know that I’m interested. But so far, no reports have surfaced.

    Jerks.

  22. kevinlawrencecantor says: Jan 8, 2016 8:22 AM

    “I tell you, this Jason Kelce guy, man this guy is a leader of football men. I saw him break free and block for that little Darren Sproles guy on one play, and I was like woah.”

  23. mazenblue says: Jan 8, 2016 8:24 AM

    Gruden as a coach nowadays would go something like this-

    Good job everyone. You all are the best at your positions. I mean you all are just great. Everyone is a starter and this team is beautiful. Full of starters my team is. Its a wonderful team.

    I want a coach that tells my players they suck so they get better. Gruden is weird.

  24. eagleswin says: Jan 8, 2016 8:30 AM

    reprob8 says:
    Jan 8, 2016 5:52 AM
    In today’s “4 year contract, 2 year success window” climate, it wouldn’t be a wise move, particularly when the roster needs to be rebuilt.

    ——————————

    There are worse things than getting paid your full salary for 2 years and being free to take another job or do nothing if you would like.

    However, he isn’t leaving the booth, nor should he.

  25. roadtrip3500 says: Jan 8, 2016 8:32 AM

    And I would highly doubt Jon wants to be in the same division as his brother if he did return… the Harbaughs weren’t even in the same conference and pure luck put them against each other in the Super Bowl.

  26. remok9 says: Jan 8, 2016 8:44 AM

    Thank goodness, please keep Gruden,Cowher, Herm, ______(insert winning Super Bowl coach), who hasn’t been in the league for years away. I don’t get fans who get hung up on that formula. When has a head coach won 2 Super Bowls with 2 different teams?

  27. babygaga19 says: Jan 8, 2016 8:47 AM

    Grudawgs annual salary with ESPN is $6-7M/year.

  28. ReligionIsForIdiots says: Jan 8, 2016 8:49 AM

    Gruden has the most cushiony job in the world for an ex-coach. Broadcaster of a network full of people that have no business on TV. He would need to pull a Warren Sapp x100 to be fired.

    He ain’t leaving folks.

  29. 4ever19 says: Jan 8, 2016 8:50 AM

    Same old same old. Team has vacancy. Somebody in media reports Chuckie is interested. Chuckie denies Chuckie is interested. Everyone moves on till next year, when the cycle of interest and denial is repeated. Amazing that a guy who is a middling coach (on his best day) and a gratingly annoying announcer (on his very best day) generates such a media mini-frenzy.

  30. alonestartexan says: Jan 8, 2016 8:54 AM

    Gruden is probably waiting for Dallas or LA.

  31. fantom21 says: Jan 8, 2016 8:59 AM

    He has the best broadcasting job in the NFL, in my opinion. Sure Fox’s tandem of Buck and Aikman take the cake in terms of quality, but the ESPN MNF gig is nothing to laugh at. Why would he resubmit himself to the rigors of coaching in the NFL when he can sit in a booth and talk about football?

  32. spiffybiff says: Jan 8, 2016 9:04 AM

    Any guess what he makes in the booth? I bet around 6-7M

  33. willycents says: Jan 8, 2016 9:23 AM

    If Gruden were to go to the Eagles, they would have to expand the roster to 1700+ to get all the players he loves on it. Just listen to him on Monday nights, not a player in the league he doesn’t love and is the best at their position

  34. TomsulasMustache says: Jan 8, 2016 9:31 AM

    Really makes no sense for him to try to make a comeback at this point

  35. arpy911 says: Jan 8, 2016 9:31 AM

    I would like to see Gruden paired with Phil Simms handling the TV broadcasts for the deaf.

  36. thetooloftools says: Jan 8, 2016 9:33 AM

    $10 million over 10 years would be considered CHEAP to get this guy. Owners will blow hundreds of millions on free agents, but then get cheap when trying to get proven winners to come to their team.

  37. cuda1234 says: Jan 8, 2016 9:43 AM

    Maybe he likes the attention. Or maybe he just misses getting his butt kicked by his big brother twice a year. #HTTR

  38. joefelicelli says: Jan 8, 2016 9:48 AM

    I would love to see Gruden coach again, just so I would be able to watch MNF with the sound turned on again….

  39. dontouchmyjunk says: Jan 8, 2016 10:10 AM

    Eskin is the guy who ranted for three days that there was no way in the world the Eagles would ever acquire Terrell Owens back in 2004.

    This is where last laughs come in.

  40. gscott104 says: Jan 8, 2016 10:24 AM

    He’s the highest paid ESPN talent at somewhere just north of $6.5MM a year (per Jim Miller). $6.5MM to essentially work half the year in the cushiest of broadcasting gigs. The rest of the thine he hangs out in no-state-income-tax Tampa (today’s high – 66). No way he leaves that – especially for a cesspool like Philly.

  41. schmedley69 says: Jan 8, 2016 10:33 AM

    Paul Domowitch is a very good source who does not make stuff up like Eskin, Sal Pal, and half of the “football insiders” out there. If he said it, I believe it.

  42. scrappler says: Jan 8, 2016 10:42 AM

    newpairofsox says:
    Jan 8, 2016 7:31 AM

    Howard Eskin is a hack. This is just another of his made up stories.

    ==========

    so wait, are you saying the gruden is in fact interested in the job?

  43. mack2x says: Jan 8, 2016 10:49 AM

    I wish he would get the Philly job, have to turn the volume down sometimes during MNF, Especially when he starts ranting.

  44. lukedunphysscienceproject says: Jan 8, 2016 10:50 AM

    Why would anyone go from a profession where you can literally do or say almost anything you want without any accountability whatsoever to coaching in the NFL where every word you say is picked apart and analyzed?

  45. lukedunphysscienceproject says: Jan 8, 2016 10:52 AM

    schmedley69 says:
    Jan 8, 2016 10:33 AM
    Paul Domowitch is a very good source who does not make stuff up like Eskin, Sal Pal, and half of the “football insiders” out there. If he said it, I believe it.
    ====

    This isn’t Eskin reporting a rumor or trying to break a story. Either he has the text on his phone or he doesn’t. Should be pretty easy to clear up.

  46. ravensruleall says: Jan 8, 2016 10:52 AM

    “Hi John. It’s Jeff Lurie. How would you feel about rebuilding the dumpster fire that is Chip Kelly’s roster? With no franchise QB? Call me!”

  47. schmedley69 says: Jan 8, 2016 11:07 AM

    @lukedunphysscienceproject

    I don’t dispute that Gruden texted Eskin saying that he’s not interested. What I’m saying is that Paul Domo doesn’t make stuff up or report false rumors. If he reported that Gruden reached out to Lurie, then more than likely, Gruden reached out to Lurie, whether Gruden denies it or not.

  48. goodellclownshow says: Jan 8, 2016 11:28 AM

    Hire Herm the worm

  49. briang123 says: Jan 8, 2016 12:05 PM

    The only thing Gruden is interested in is keeping his name in the conversation. I have no doubt he planted stories with reporters desperate to report things, especially if they can be the first. Gruden was not that great of a coach, and flat out stinks on Monday Night Football.

  50. icebergsimpson says: Jan 8, 2016 12:16 PM

    mazenblue says:
    Jan 8, 2016 8:24 AM
    Gruden as a coach nowadays would go something like this-

    Good job everyone. You all are the best at your positions. I mean you all are just great. Everyone is a starter and this team is beautiful. Full of starters my team is. Its a wonderful team.

    I want a coach that tells my players they suck so they get better. Gruden is weird.

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    Broadcaster Gruden is like that, Coach Gruden is a completely different beast. Please do yourself a favor a watch NFL Film of the 2002 Tampa Bay Buccaneers to get an idea of what kind of coach Gruden is so you don’t look silly again.

  51. radrntn says: Jan 8, 2016 12:25 PM

    sorry, but once a raider, (u know the rest)

  52. justintuckrule says: Jan 8, 2016 1:24 PM

    Whoever is hired will be taking the Eagles to the Super Bowl, guaranteed. Just ask their fans.

  53. dwarftosser says: Jan 8, 2016 1:27 PM

    coloradofort says:
    Jan 8, 2016 8:06 AM
    Gruden’s agent puts this out there for publicity and contract leverage with the network. While he is awful on TV and I never listen to him he does have a great gig.
    ——————————————————————–

    You have terrible taste. Gruden is the best announcer since John Madden.

  54. packmanfan says: Jan 8, 2016 2:11 PM

    He is a good sub for John Madden. Of course, no one can replace Madden since there is the one and only. But Gruden is the closest thing to it so I would miss that enthusiasm and expertise that we can’t really get from anyone else in the booth.
    Everyone else is a hack compared to Madden and Gruden.

  55. packmanfan says: Jan 8, 2016 2:13 PM

    Just broadcast it, baby!

  56. switchwitch59 says: Jan 8, 2016 4:37 PM

    Silly Raiders fan. Why would he want to go back to the team that kicked him to the curb? The same team he turned around and whipped in the Super Bowl the very next season with the Bucs. Silly. Silly. Silly.

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