Eagles Expected To Ask Bengals For Permission To Speak With Jay Gruden

Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE

The Cincinnati Bengals are preparing for the wild card game against the Houston Texans while the Philadelphia Eagles are preparing to hire a new head coach.

According to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, the Philadelphia Eagles are expected to ask for permission to speak with Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden on Monday. The Eagles fired long-time head coach Andy Reid Monday, looking to replace him with a handful of candidates that includes Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians and Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley. They are meeting with Chip Kelly on Saturday in Arizona and possibly Syracuse head coach Dave Marrone.

Gruden hasn't been identified as a coaching candidate yet this offseason, save for a report that the Buffalo Bills were "information gathering" for their own head coaching vacancy.

The Bengals hired Jay Gruden in 2011 after the team fired Bob Bratkowski. Gruden was largely praised for developing a rookie quarterback, wide receiver and implementing an entirely new system despite an NFL lockout that offseason.

If Gruden leaves Cincinnati, which is questionable at best because after declining interviews last year not wanting to move his family so soon, an intense sense of loyalty and a general lack of comfort becoming a head coach so soon, assistants Hue Jackson and Ken Zampese are in-house candidates to replace him.

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