Coaching Buzz: Jon Gruden Rumors Continue

Yesterday, we brought you a report from Dan Pompei of the National Football Post, which suggested there’s “a good chance” of Jon Gruden becoming the next Eagles head coach.

And today, those rumors continue.

Mike Freeman of CBSSports.com reports that teams have quietly been in contact with Gruden’s representatives the past few weeks. And Gruden could start interviewing with teams as soon as today.

Per Freeman, the two teams to pay special attention to are the San Diego Chargers and (wait for it…) the Philadelphia Eagles.

That’s now two reports in two days linking Gruden to the Birds.

IS O’BRIEN REALLY A CANDIDATE?

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported yesterday that Penn State’s Bill O’Brien is on the Eagles’ short list of coaching candidates. One key with O’Brien is that his contract contains a buyout. And according to David Jones of the Harrisburg Patriot-News, the buyout would be for $18.4 million, not $9.2 million, as previously reported. Jones argues that O’Brien may not want to bolt for the NFL right now, but he wants to have the buyout clause removed from his contract so that he can leave in the future without such significant repercussions.

No, I think it’s about freedom. O’Brien wants to have his options open, to be able to go to the NFL in the future should he so desire. If he and his agent can get the buyout clause removed, then he can pursue his NFL dream after next season or some subsequent one.

Bottom line: I still anticipate O’Brien will coach Penn State in the 2013 season. After that might depend partly upon what gets done – or doesn’t – in the next few weeks.

Mortensen also reports that O’Brien was initially told the program wouldn’t face such stiff NCAA sanctions. And that could be an issue when trying to enforce the buyout.

MOVES MADE TODAY

A rundown of firings as of Monday morning:

Romeo Crennel is out in Kansas City, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Pat Shurmur and Tom Heckert are out in Cleveland, per FoxSports.com’s Jay Glazer.

Mike Tannenbaum is out as GM of the Jets, but Rex Ryan is staying put, per ESPN.com’s Rich Cimini.

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  • Joe D

    Until they hire someone these rumors are going to be annoying. Everyone is a candidate.

  • http://abigbuttandasmile.com/ A Big Butt and a Smile

    Oh goodness Not Gruden. Please God No…

    • Sensei

      Anybody else

      • http://abigbuttandasmile.com/ A Big Butt and a Smile

        I’d take Kelly or McCoy

        • jabostick

          I want McCoy. Or (and I’ve never seen his name seriously mentioned anywhere so it’s likely not a possibility) Kyle Shanahan.

          • Alex

            McCoy and Crennel as DC is a wet dream.

          • bentheimmigrant

            Shanny jr needs to succeed on his own before I’d trust him.

  • dislikedisqus

    There are pluses and minuses but he a) works hard, b) doesn’t tolerate bumbling andc) seems like a pretty sharp qb evaluator. I rank him higher than others seem to. My biggest question is this team needs a complete rebuild on D Thru the draft and is he a guy who will do that or is he a patch the holes with veterans on their last contract guy like so many older coaches (Parcells) seem to be.

    • Capt. Undapants

      He’s not a good QB evaluator. That was something created by ESPN. The two QBs with whom he did his winning were two older, established guys: Rich Gannon and Brad Johnson (?). His project QB, Chris Simms, had his career run into the ground. This mirrored the Bucs once Gruden made them his team. I’m usually against such sayings, but Gruden won with Bucs that Dungy made. In any case, no, he’s no QB evaluator.

      • JofreyRice

        This is a very well made point. He’s also supposedly very disingenuous, Simeon Rice hated the guy, and didn’t he try and force Simms to play with a bad spleen?

  • hillbillybirdsfan

    Hopefully they’re just asking him about his brother. Nothing against Jon but he has been away from the game for 5 years and seemed to have an affinity for patching his roster with old guys toward the end of his tenure in Tampa. I like him a lot but fear it would be a bad fit.

    • Johngiam

      What would he say about his brother? Don’t hire by brother, he sucks lol

  • morgan c

    No Gruden, no Kelly, no Cowher. All three will command record breaking salaries, and none of them deserve it. Not to mention demanding GM responsibilities, which would also be a disaster (see: Reid, Andy last two years). McCoy or Zimmer or Jay Gruden please. Or Lovie? Or Ken Whisenthut. No retreads please. Gruden is overrated blowhard idiot savant.

  • HowieDon’tKnow

    We need to hire a real gm who then hires a coach. A new coach + HR = recipe for failure.

  • JofreyRice

    Bringing in Jon Gruden would make me think Lurie/Roseman are still deluded, thinking this is a “talented” team that just needs a different coach. They are not. They are one of the less-talented rosters in the NFL. They have 2 guys right now, on the entire team, that are among the top players at their positions–Lesean McCoy, and Evan Mathis; that’s as far as it goes. There are other guys that have some talent, and some that project to be that in the future, but as of today, it’s those two guys.

    Moving on from Andy was necessary–though I wished they’d have fired Roseman, too–but they are going to make a mistake by hiring a “quick fix” head coach. This team is not in position for a quick fix.

  • pennguino@hotmail.com

    Yes Gruden is the loud mouth face man of MNF. He is way over the top. But he is a brilliant offensive mind. Yes he won the Super Bowl with Dungy’s team and Monte’s defense. Who did he play against in the Super Bowl. That’s right, his old team the Oakland Raiders. If you are going to say that he won with Dungy’s team then you have to say that Callahan took Gruden’s team to the Super Bowl as well.
    If Gruden would have stayed in Oakland, you would have a different Super Bowl winner, but the same coach. Gruden took both teams to the Super Bowl. What nobody ever mentions is the fact the Bucs paid Al Davis multiple millions of dollars and THREE (3) FIRST ROUND DRAFT CHOICES for Gruden. You don’t think that had an effect on team longevity. That’s why there were so many older vets brought in. They couldn’t build from the draft.
    With all that being said, could he come in here and bring fire, passion, ACCOUNTABILITY? Gruden would be a 4-6 year window. I think he could take this team with Foles and turn them into a Super Bowl team in 2-3 years. After that, I think his gig will be up. I get the feeling he is false and a liar. You don’t hear endearing words from former players. They love him because they got a ring not because of the man/coach.
    I’m OK either way with Jon.
    My short list would be Jay Gruden, The Denver Guy, Dean Pees (Bal DC). Give me Romeo/Lovie as my DC and bring back Shurmer as my OC. McNabb and Sam Bradford had their best years under Pat.

  • Johngiam

    I honestly feel as tho I know the game of football better then howie! I am convinced of it! So how can I be excited to have howie? There are not any other people who have ever coached in the nfl that I ever thought that I knew the game better then, besides howie roseman. some fans might worry less about Howie..bu I know for a fact, there isn’t one Philly fan, that’s says YES!!! WE GOT HOWIE!!! Has anyone ever heard anyone pumped that howie was the GM? On the flip side there would be a parade on broad street by fans if Bill Polian was hired…

    • bentheimmigrant

      It’s a good thing he’s not a coach then.