Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 11/11/12
It's no secret that most Eagles fans are ready to move on from Andy Reid. After 14 seasons, countless quarterback controversies, astronomical expectations and, oh yeah, ZERO championships, it seems time for a fresh start in the City of Brotherly Love.When asked about which coach they would prefer to see over Reid, fans immediately go for the cream of the crop. You'll hear a lot of names like Tony Dungy, Bill Cowher, Herm Edwards, Vince Lombardi, you name it.One name that stands out is Monday Night Football color commentator, Jon Gruden.Gruden was fired as head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers following the 2008 season and seems to have found a nice place with ESPN as an announcer and analyst. Gruden is now famous for his evaluation of college quarterbacks, taking them to "Quarterback Camp" during the yearly NFL combine.Chuckie has been very adamant about how much he enjoys announcing Monday Night Football. But even his ESPN colleague Ron Jaworski thinks the prospect of Gruden returning to the sidelines is not outside the realm of possibilities."I think somewhere down the road he will [coach again]," Jaworski said. "I don't know if it's tomorrow or next year or when it will be. But Jon is a coach. He got screwed in Tampa. He was hurt by that. Once he gets over that, and I think by now he probably has, then he'll look for the right opportunity again." (Paul Domowitch, Philadelphia Daily News via philly.com)Having Gruden take over for Andy Reid would be something of a double-edged sword for the Eagles. While he won the super bowl in 2002, Gruden was widely discredited for doing so with players left over from Tony Dungy's tenure.Could Gruden do the same with Andy Reid's leftovers? It's certainly possible. The Eagles, currently sitting at 3-5, are underachievers. Even after all of last year's painfully repetitive "Dream Team Turned to Nightmare" commentary, the 2012 squad was picked to make a super bowl run in some circles. Known as more of a motivator than a schemer, Gruden could conceivably bring in the type of attitude sorely missing from Andy Reid.If (and that's still a relatively big 'if') Gruden decided to come back to head coaching in the NFL, the Eagles would make a legitimate landing spot. Gruden was the offensive coordinator for Philadelphia under Ray Rhodes from 1995-1997 and often speaks fondly of his time in Philly.I know a lot of Eagles fans who would love to see a change of scenery on the sidelines, and Jon Gruden would be like replacing a dead tree with a bronze statue in their eyes. I can't help but think, however, that the jerseys are always greener on the other side. Replacing Reid would not cause fans to shed any tears, but if the team still d+oesn't win, who do they blame next?
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