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Philadelphia Eagles: Why Jon Gruden Is a Match Made in NFL Heaven

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 08:  Head coach Jon Gruden of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers watches during a game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on December 8, 2008 in Charlotte, North Carolina  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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JJ PernaContributor IOctober 16, 2012

It is hard to look back and remember why Jon Gruden and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers cut ties. When the team started 9-3 in 2008-09, they lost the final four games to miss the playoffs. Only a few short years earlier in 2003, he became the youngest coach to win a Super Bowl. 

Gruden cemented his place in the Philadelphia dog pound by being one of the many NFC Championship game road blocks in the Eagles' recent history. But since his departure from the NFL, he has become a likable ESPN personality, who can do more than just talk. Anyone who has seen Gruden's quarterback camps profiled on the network should take away one thing: He's still got it.

Gruden has been working with almost every prolific quarterback coming out of college in some way. While the effect may be negligible, his talent evaluation and development process is awe-inspiring to watch. But beyond that, Gruden would bring the Eagles something that Andy Reid has visibly lost over the years. Passion.

In the most basic sense, he is a high energy type. If his hair doesn't get you, his voice will. But with a talented roster, it's hard to argue that we don't need a shakeup somewhere.

Why Gruden, though?

Currently on the roster, you may know about the $100 million quarterback. In the next couple months, the Eagles will be scrambling to decide whether or not to continue the Michael Vick experiment. According to Adam Schefter, rumor has it that barring a deep playoff run, Vick will not be getting the $16 million he's owed in 2013.

So where do the Eagles go from there?

At the moment, the quarterback of the future is Nick Foles. Always taken with a grain of salt, his preseason performance turned some heads and created what soon will be, if not already is, a quarterback controversy. The question I pose to you is this: Why not start the future signal-caller off fresh with a man who has proven he can win and develop?

Jon Gruden may not be interested in the NFL at the moment. However, the opportunity to inherit a Super Bowl-caliber team and simultaneously mold a young quarterback could be tempting enough to lure Chuckie away from the commentator box.

Eagles fans, the timing has never been better. Gruden and his championship ring have a home in Philadelphia.   

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