UPDATE 3:15 PM
In an interview with Bengals.com writer Geoff Hobson, Jay Gruden revealed that he’s not planning on taking a head-coaching job with another team, and he’s set on remaining with the Bengals for at least the 2013 season:
I got called to interview for these jobs. I figure I better say yes or they’ll quit asking me. I think it will be a great experience and it’s exciting. I have every intention of coming back here. We’ve got a great group of guys here. We’re excited for the future here.
You can read the full interview here, but for now, it appears Gruden will be back in 2013.
It now appears that Jay Gruden may not be as hot of a head-coaching candidate as previously believed. After reports surfaced that Jay was scheduled to meet with the Philadelphia Eagles and Arizona Cardinals this week for their vacant head HC jobs, The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Jeff McLane is reporting that Gruden will not be in Philly tomorrow.
it’s unclear as to whether he will eventually interview with the Eagles, but perhaps NFL teams relized that the Bengals offense scored one offensive TD in their last 38 possessions, and Gruden may not be suited to be a HC right now.
Jay has been praised around the NFL for his development of former second-rounder Andy Dalton, who led the Bengals to a second consecutive playoff appearance this year while working with a young but talented offensive group of players that included eight starters in 2012 that had three or fewer seasons of NFL experience under their belt.
It doesn’t hurt that he’s the brother of former Super Bowl-winning head coach Jon Gruden. All of this has lead teams to overvalue his potential as an NFL HC, but it appears they may just be wising up and passing on the younger Gruden. Hopefully they don’t wise up too much and consider Mike Zimmer for their next HC.