Halfway through the season, the Philadelphia Eagles look like a dysfunctional team. They have all the talent in the world, but they haven’t been able to piece things together and get the ball rolling. Many Eagles fans have already given up on the season and they want Andy Reid fired.
If the Eagles were to fire Reid, which all signs are pointing to at this moment, there is nobody on the team’s staff that would be qualified for the position.
Several have speculated over the last week or so – since the Sean Payton contract was voided by the NFL – That Payton would be a great fit for the Eagles, but as I said when it was reported, I don’t think that Payton is going anywhere. Saints GM Mickey Loomis said as much when he returned from his suspension that they would fix the problem and get the extension re-signed.
Now, a report from Howard Eskin of CBS Philly states that IF Andy Reid is fired as many anticipate, Owner Jeffery Lurie will bring back a familiar face to the city. Former Eagles OC Jon Gruden could leave the Monday Night Football booth to return to the sidelines.
Gruden’s name has been brought up in several coaching vacancies over the last few years, with no success. But the Eagles situation is different. He’s been there before, he’s familiar with the organization, and he said on Monday Night’s Saints/Eagles game that we would love to coach this team. Albeit, subliminal, but nonetheless.
Gruden would be a great coach for the struggling team, but one thing that may hold him back is the Quarterback position. Based on Gruden’s offensive philosophies, Michael Vick would not be the player he would be looking for to run the show. The Eagles have the running back, fresh off a contract extension and they do have the pieces on defense to suceed, they just haven’t put anything together.
As of now, it’s just a report, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see this happen when all is said and done.