Jon Gruden refutes report he’s interested in Eagles job
Despite reports indicating otherwise, Jon Gruden has stated he is not interested in the Philadelphia Eagles head coaching job.
Howard Eskin of Philly’s FOX29 and 94WIP radio tweeted that he received a text from the “Monday Night Football” analyst in which Gruden reportedly wrote, “I’m not interested.”
A report surfaced Thursday from the Philadelphia Daily News that indicated a league source said Gruden contacted Eagles owner Jeff Lurie through an intermediary to express interest in the job made available when the team fired Chip Kelly prior to the regular-season finale.
The News’ report notes that Gruden served as the Eagles offensive coordinator in 1997-98 and while Lurie likes the ESPN analyst, he has reservations about Gruden’s ability to work with vice president of football operations Howie Roseman and will look elsewhere — likely in the NFL assistant coaching ranks — to fill the job.
But Lurie’s feelings about Gruden one way or the other might be moot if Gruden isn’t even interested in the job.
Gruden has been out of coaching since 2008 but his name routinely comes up whenever a job opens up. But the 52-year-old repeatedly has stated he’s happy in role at ESPN even though he’s admitted at times —as recently as August of last year — that he misses coaching and once referred to the Tennessee Volunteers head coaching position as his “dream job.”
Regardless of his interest/non-interest in the Eagles job, it should be expected that Gruden — who led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a Super Bowl XXXVII victory — will continue to be pursued by NFL teams in the future.