There has been a growing concern throughout the season that the Bengals would lose one of their coordinators to a head coaching job this offseason. It appears that offensive coordinator Jay Gruden will get the first crack at one.
The Eagles are expected to request permission on Monday to speak to Gruden about their head coach opening, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. Gruden is the latest of a growing interview list for the Eagles, who will meet with Oregon coach Chip Kelly, Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians and Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley in Arizona. It's safe to say the Eagles are casting a wide net.
Even if the Bengals grant permission, there is a chance Gruden won't meet with the Eagles. It was only last January that Gruden declined an interview request with the Rams for their head coaching position and signed a three-year, $3.6 million extension to remain with the Bengals.
On Tuesday, Gruden said he hadn't been contacted by any teams looking for a new head coach, and that isn't his focus heading into Saturday's wild-card game at Houston.
“I'm trying to get a first down right now,” Gruden said. “I'm trying to get these guys ready to go. That's the furthest thing from my mind. I would be surprised. I haven't heard from anybody. It's not an issue.”