Before I start my post, let me thank BLN for letting me be the first guest poster on this site. I've enjoyed it in the few weeks that I've known about it and I have no doubt it will be among the elite blogs as it gains more and more followers and feel privileged to get to share my thoughts/conspiracies/opinions on this whole Gruden ordeal.
Now, let me start by saying that I am unapologetically a Jon Gruden worshipper. I’ll be honest, when the rumors started swirling about him going to coach the Miami Hurricanes a couple months ago, I was ready to switch my (not so strong) allegiance from Penn State to the U. Gruden is, in my opinion, a top 3 football mind on the planet and the fact that someone hasn’t offered him some sort of lucrative deal to coach an NFL team is beyond me. So with that said, please keep in mind that some of these thoughts are incredibly biased and may seem absurd, but it’s my post and I get to say what I want. Disagree with what I have to say all you want, that’s what the comment section is for...So here we go...
Last night, while the super bowl was in full swing down in Dallas, a rumor broke. Three sources “confirmed” that Gruden was/is in Philly hashing out details for a deal that would make him the new head coach of the Eagles and move Andy Reid to being solely a front office guy. Granted these three sources aren’t very reputable (an ex-Eagle, a no-name journalist, and a somewhat new Philly sports blog), this is something we can and should pay attention to.
(BLN shout out to Bleed-Green.com)
Why get rid of Reid when he’s been pretty successful for as long as we can remember?
Well, the same can be asked of the Tennessee Titans and their decision to part ways with Jeff Fisher a few weeks back. Sometimes it’s just time for change. Hey, we’ve got a new quarterback, why not a new coach? We’ve already made a huge coaching change with the hiring of Juan Castillo, why not put in a new head coach.
Castillo is Reid’s guy, wouldn't Gruden have wanted to pick his own D-Coordinator?
This brings me to my first conspiracy theory. Who says he didn’t? Back in late September, NFL films ran an 8 minute profile (you can watch here) of Castillo. If you forward to about 3 minutes in, you’ll see our (well, mine anyway) beloved Gruden speaking highly of the Eagles new defensive coordinator.Maybe, just maybe, this was the man Gruden wanted. Is that really so much of a stretch?
So are the Eagles running all of these hires by Gruden as we speak?
Conspiracy theory #2. Maybe it’s just a crazy coincidence, but isn’t it kind of odd that on the day after rumors surfaced about Gruden being in Philly, the Eagles name two new coaches (LB coach Mike Caldwell and Safies coach Mike Zordich) to their staff? Maybe Gruden is the one that had the final say in these decisions and he’s putting together the staff he wants as we speak.
The Eagles have denied a Gruden hiring, what makes you so sure it’s going to happen?
Well, I’m not “so sure” it’s going to happen. However, I remember back in December when a Philly sports team denied something...and a few days later we ended up with this guy. Also, why would the Eagles bother denying it if something weren’t brewing? As I said earlier, the three sources that broke this story weren’t very reputable, so why not just let the story fizz out if it’s not true?
So where does that leave Andy Reid?
Where he should be: In some sort of GM role. I have always loved Reid as a front office guy. He’s had some great drafts. His first choice as a head coach was the then not so popular Donovan McNabb. That pick paid off in huge ways which I don’t need to get into as we all witnessed McNabb’s ability over the decade he was with the Eagles. Adam Schefter referred to last years as a home run (Graham, Allen, Trevard Lindley). The year before had Maclin and Shady. ‘07: Kolb, Bradley, and Celek. The Eagles are being built by Reid’s ability to draft. On the offensive end, anyway. Defensively (With the exception of 2010) his drafts have a bit of catching up to do. But that’s where we can afford to spend money (Asante...Asomugha??, Haynesworth??) and can hope to build upon.
Any other crazy conspiracies?
Glad you asked...yes, I do have one more. Mike Florio, a writer for ProFootballTalk.com (PFT), posted the story that the rumors were untrue. He has to report this because, for all we know and have been told, they are just rumors. However, when asked about the rumors during a radio interview this afternoon, he said that people “should not be surprised” if this happens. He went on to talk about how the Eagles are more than capable of making a huge splash much like this one would. On top of that, PFT has since removed the story of the Eagles denial from their front page (I will say, however, that the story is still on there, but you now need to do some clicking). If Mike Florio, one of the well known sports writers in America thinks it’s a possibility, then heck, it’s a possibility.
Ok, will this happen?
Honestly? I think Reid is our coach for 2011-2012. But I am all for Gruden stepping in and shaking things up. He’s a tough coach with a west-coast background. Give him a quarterback that can actually play (unlike Rich Gannon and Shaun Hill/Brad Johnson), a runningback better than Warrick Dunn, and some receivers, he may be able to flourish. We’ll see how things pan out. If it doesn’t happen by Friday, then I think that’s the end of this. But for now, keep an eye on Brotherly Love Nation for some sort of announcement.
Thanks again to BLN for letting me share my thoughts. Enjoy and spread the word
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