Eagles Say They Won’t Interview Jay Gruden, But Will Interview Lovie Smith

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Two somewhat surprising twists in the Eagles’ coaching search, which I would imagine is going to end with us being irrationally upset because they didn’t come away with Chip Kelly, Bill O’Brien or Jon Gruden.

There were reports that the Eagles were going to interview Jay Gruden, Jon’s younger brother, on Wednesday. But the team denied those reports. Instead, they will interview Lovie Smith, on Thursday.

In case you’re wondering (I was): the Eagles fulfilled their requirements for the Rooney Rule – which requires teams to interview at least one minority candidate for head coaching vacancies – when they interviewed Falcons special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong.

UPDATE: Jay Gruden had the strange response of saying that he will talk with the Eagles, and Cardinals, but has every intention of returning to the Bengals. Uh, OK.

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31 Responses

  1. Wonder what kind of offensive coordinator he’d bring with him…he’d make the defense nice.

  2. I like this idea a lot. And I think the reason they won’t interview Jay Gruden anymore is because all signs are pointing to him staying with the Bengals.
    The defense needs a lot more help than the offense. Both need help, don’t get me wrong, but the defense was historically one of the worst ever.
    I personally think Jerry Angelo had more to do with the Bears decline over the last few years than Lovie did.

  3. i wouldnt be surprised, Lovie is a yes man, and will let Roseman control the wheel (yeh we’re fucked). just have to pray they get a good o-coordinator.

  4. oh the names i’ve heard mentioned in connection to them, Gus Bradley seems to be the best. why is nobody talking about David Shaw (Stanford)?

  5. Lovie’s skin color would just be fuel to the fire that is Northeast Philadelphia’s hate filled existences.

  6. I hope they hire lovie AND a good OC. Lovie should be able to fix the shitfest that was our D last year, and as long as he brings a good OC, the failings of his time in Chicago should stay in Chicago. He’s been to a Super Bowl and is a legit NFL coach. He and John Gruden are the two best available candidates imo, and I’d be more than happy w/ lovie.

  7. @angelocataldi… go back to west virginia and fuck your sister. Assholes like you aren’t needed in philly

  8. A coach with periods of success as well as mediocrity and is 0-1 in the super bowl. he should be a good fit here.

  9. My sources tell me this would be a good hire. Leave it to Kyle to wonder out loud if Lovie Smith was a Rooney Rule interview. Tsk, tsk, tsk.

  10. I love David Shaw but he just signed an extension at Stanford. He seems like he is genuinely honest about staying at Stanford.

  11. Eagles already interviewed a minority coach. I believe he was part of Falcons staff so Rooney rule is no longer in play.

  12. Pretty clear what’s going on here. Jeff and Howie have no plan.
    The two gold standard geniuses fire their top gun without a replacement plan.
    Does anyone watch business news? When a Board of Directors announces a CEO is getting the boot (with a $500-million parachute), they usually announce the new CEO. They knew the successor before they canned the old CEO. It’s usually ironed out way ahead of time.
    But these two Einsteins, shedded the Fat Man with no real plan on his successor.
    While Jeff thinks the world of Howie the Bean Counter, maybe coaching prospects do not.

  13. Pfft! Lovie Smith is nothing more than a sideshow to satisfy Rooney Rule requirements. I stand a better chance of taking Beyonce to bed than Smith does of being considered a serious contender for the Eagles head coaching job.

  14. Yo Eagles! u need to draft Ozamataz Buckshank ! and Saggitariutt Jefferspin and Tyroil Smoochie-Wallace. …do that, in the BOWL by 2014!

  15. Kyle, you really need to play a game of “Is it racist?” with your site. You analyze the fuck out of every minuscule thing done by Andy Reid. You analyze whether or not Jay Gruden, Bill OBrien, Mike McCoy or Chip Kelly would be a good fit here…But your first and only thought on Lovie is, “I wonder if he’s the Rooney Rule candidate.” Awesome. You spent as much time examining Andy Reid’s penis tip as you did Lovie Smith.
    Not to mention that you let fuckin racist imbecile trash like candy and Angelo rule your comments section, further cementing the Philly fan’s reputation as a piece of shit…This site is fuckin disgusting.

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