Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Jon Gruden has stated that he is open to listen to offers to return to the NFL sidelines in 2013. Since seven teams fired coaches on Black Monday last week, Gruden has not received any offers that have been reported in the media. His brother Jay has generated some interest however. Reports suggest that the younger Gruden will meet with officials from the Arizona Cardinals and the Philadelphia Eagles.
NFL.com is reporting that the Cardinals are expected to meet with Gruden this week as they seek to find a replacement for Ken Whisenhunt who was fired on Black Monday.
Several reports suggest that the Philadelphia Eagles will also interview Jay Gruden for the open coaching vacancy. The Eagles were believed to be in the possible running for Oregon head coach Chip Kelly, but Kelly reportedly is returning to Oregon.
Gruden’s name has created interest because of his ability to develop QB Andy Dalton and the Bengals offense. In 2011, the Bengals qualified for the playoffs led by a then-rookie QB Dalton. The Bengals returned to the playoffs once again this season, but failed to advance out of the wildcard round.