After all the talk we heard about Jon Gruden leaving ESPN to become a head coach, it looks like his younger brother Jay may actually be the one who is in next line to get a shot at leading an NFL franchise.
The current Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator has already taken interviews with three different teams, and with the relative lack of big name candidates out there, seems to be one of the favorites to land a prominent gig.
While he lacks NFL head coaching experience, Gruden did lead an AFL team to two titles.
In the immediate aftermath of Black Monday there was a lot of talk about how college coaches would flood the pro ranks this year; that never actually materialized, though. Nick Saban, Chip Kelly, Brian Kelly and Bill O’Brien all turned down opportunities at the next level, and that in turned opened the door for a lot of big name coordinators and assistant coaches toss their hats into the ring.
Here is the latest on Jay Gruden’s prospects:
"Gruden, younger brother of former Oakland and Tampa Bay coach Jon Gruden, said his interview Thursday at Cardinals headquarters was his first for a head coaching job with any NFL team. He said he may interview with the Philadelphia Eagles next week." [Associated Press]
"Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden interviewed for the San Diego Chargers' vacant head coaching position Sunday." [ESPN]
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 11, 2013
Teams have to start preparing for the draft, so look for a final word one a lot of these available positions to come down at some point over the next two weeks.