Jon Gruden: Sources Claim He's Considering a Return, Eagles Should Be Listening

Matt SchreiberAnalyst IIINovember 8, 2012

TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 30:  Coach Jon Gruden of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers checks the scoreboard against the New Orleans Saints at Raymond James Stadium on November 30, 2008 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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Jon Gruden could leave his job at ESPN to coach again, this according to Howard Eskin of Philadelphia's Sports Talk WIP.

Eskin also speculates that he could be an option for the Philadelphia Eagles should he return to coaching. If the Eagles continue playing the way they have been, which is likely since they have only one starter remaining on their offensive line, it is likely the team will fire head coach Andy Reid. If that's the case, Gruden is certainly a top candidate to fill the position, assuming he's available.

Gruden is only 49 years old and has 11 years of head coaching experience in the NFL under his belt. He coached the Tampa Buccaneers to a Super Bowl XXXVII victory against the Oakland Raiders (where he coached for four years prior) in his first season as the Bucs head coach.

Gruden was also the Eagles offensive coordinator from 1995-1997 under then-head coach Ray Rhodes.

Gruden was fired by the Buccaneers in 2008 following a 9-7 season and has not coached since.

He signed a deal with ESPN in 2009 to work as a color analyst for Monday Night Football. He signed a five-year deal with ESPN to continue as an analyst.

Obviously heading to Philadelphia would void his contract with ESPN, but this would be great news for Eagles fans.