Rumors cropped up Wednesday that Jon Gruden was spotted in Philadelphia, leading to speculation that he may be in town to interview for the Eagles head coaching job.
If he is in town it does not have anything to do with the local team, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
Gruden’s name has been tied to the Eagles job for years. In February, rumors of Gruden replacing Andy Reid got so rampant that the team had to release a statement.
Ron Jaworski and Dick Vermeil have kept the narrative alive this week with their public endorsements of the 49-year-old Gruden. But there is little evidence to indicate the Eagles are courting him. They have requested permission to speak with his brother Jay — the offensive coordinator for the Bengals.
Fans of the big-name coach will also not be happy to hear that Bill Cowher can be scratched off the list. He opened the window by telling Newsday that he plans on returning to the sidelines, but a report from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Wednesday suggests that such a return won’t happen this season.
The Eagles will interview former Chicago coach Lovie Smith on Thursday, and are also expected to meet with Seattle defensive coordinator Gus Bradley. The Eagles said there was no update to provide as to when that interview with Bradley will occur.
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