What Would Hiring Jon Gruden Mean for the Philadelphia Eagles?

Chris TrapassoAnalyst IJanuary 8, 2013

Apr 28, 2011; New York, NY, USA; ESPN analyst Jon Gruden during the 2011 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports
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The Philadelphia Eagles organization needs an injection of new life, and that starts with a new vision from the next head coach. 

Though one can't categorize Andy Reid's 14-year tenure in Philly as a total failure, it went stale over the last two seasons. High expectations morphed into vast disappointment as the Eagles went 12-20 after getting bounced in the first round of the playoffs at home in early 2011 by the Green Bay Packers

Think Jon Gruden could revitalize the franchise? 

According to John Clark of NBC10 per Ron Jaworski, Gruden "would be interested" in the Philadelphia head coaching job but the "Eagles haven't reached out."

Gruden wouldn't necessarily be a home-run hire for owner Jeffrey Lurie, as the fiery Monday Night Football commentator hasn't coached since 2008 and would be a virtual retread for Philly, as his last stint as a head man ended when his 9-3 Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost the final four games of the regular season and missed the playoffs. 

But there's no doubting Gruden's passion for the game and dedication, and he was Philadelphia's offensive coordinator from 1995-1997. 

He likely would be able to get the most out of the talented offensive players on the Eagles' roster, although he never has truly developed a young quarterback like Nick Foles in his career.

The talent is young and plentiful on defense as well, and with Gruden's NFL connections, he should be able to get an innovative mind to turn around an underwhelming defense. 

For a team and a fanbase that's in dire need of some vigor on the sidelines, Gruden's ardent presence would be welcomed. 

There's nothing that says he would be the absolute savior from a schematic standpoint or coaching style perspective. 

But more than anything else, his high-profile name and fresh approach to today's ever-evolving NFL is desperately needed for an organization that has been seemingly stuck in neutral, getting passed by the rest of the league for the last two seasons.