Philadelphia Eagles News: Will Jon Gruden Replace Andy Reid?

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on November 08 2012 4:22 PM
Philadelphia Eagles News: Will Jon Gruden Replace Andy Reid?
In 14 seasons with Philadelphia, head coach Andy Reid has a 129-86 record, with a Super Bowl berth and seven NFC East division titles. Reuters

Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid has been on the hot seat for the past couple of seasons, but speculation for his removal have increased in recent days as the club is in a four-game losing streak and in danger of missing the playoffs.

The latest rumors now includes former Super Bowl-winning coach Jon Gruden, who wants to coach again according to WIP Radio's Howard Eskin via Twitter.

The station quoted sources that the ESPN commentator is eager to get back into the NFL, and with very few top candidates among NFL assistants, Gruden could very well interview for the Eagles job should they fire Reid.

In a huge market with a passionate fan base like Philadelphia, the Eagles may want to bring in a proven coach, like Gruden, to show fans they are dedicated to winning right now.

Gruden’s last gig was with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but was fired after a four-game losing streak bounced them out of a playoff spot in the 2008 season. Gruden did guide the team to their only Super Bowl title in 2001 and amassed a 112-57 regular season record. He's always been a more defensive minded coach, and Gruden could give the Eagles middling defense a boost. Philadelphia currently ranks 15th in pass defense and are 16th against the run.

Named head coach before the 1999 season, Reid has been the Eagles most successful coach with a 129-86 regular season record, a Super Bowl berth, and seven NFC East titles.

The team splurged in free agency over the past two seasons to surround quarterback Michael Vick with the most talent possible, making expectations very high for the Eagles and Reid.

Philadelphia re-signed wide receiver Desean Jackson and running back LeSean McCoy to  five-year deals, and also gave five-year contracts to guard Evan Mathis and offensive tackle Demetress Bell in the offseason. That doesn't include the monster $60 million, $25 million guranteed, contract they gave to cornerback Nmandi Asomugha in July 2011.

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