Jon Gruden was once a rising assistant in the mid-1990′s with the Philadelphia Eagles as an offensive coordinator under Ray Rhodes. One can’t help but wonder how things may have turned out had Jeffrey Lurie fired Rhodes after a disastrous 1997 season and hired Gruden. But he didn’t and Gruden agreed to become the head coach of the Oakland Raiders. But here we are 15 years later–Gruden is still out of the coaching game and in the box calling Monday Night Football. And he believes the man that ultimately replaced Rhodes is about to finally bring a championship to Philadelphia.
Appearing on SportsCenter on Sunday morning, Gruden delivered a ringing endorsement of one of his former employers.
“This is the Eagles’ year,” he said. “They’re going to win more than 11, and they’re going deep into the playoffs. They’re my pick to go to the Super Bowl in the NFC. There’s no way they turn the ball over 38 times again. Too good a coach, too good a quarterback. Way too much skill on this team.”
The Eagles and their fans know all too well how little preseason expert picks and predictions mean, but it’s still nice to hear. Here’s hoping, Jon.