Jaguars coaching rumors: Jay Gruden to interview for head coaching vacancy, according to report

Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE

Gruden has received head coaching interest from three other teams as well.

Confirming earlier rumors that he would be a candidate for the position, Jason La Canfora reported on Saturday that the Jaguars will interview Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden for their vacant head coaching job.

The younger brother of former Raiders and Buccaneers head coach, Jon Gruden, Jay has been the offensive coordinator in Cincinnati for two seasons but has already garnered plenty of head coaching attention. La Canfora also reported that Gruden has already met with the Cardinals and is scheduled to meet with the Eagles and Chargers as well, each of whom are in the market for a new head coach as well. In 2011, he turned down all head coaching interviews and received an extension with the Bengals.

Gruden, 45, was a prolific passer with the Louisville Cardinals before playing professional football in NFL Europe and the Arena Football League. He was the 1992 MVP of the AFL and was named the fourth best player in AFL history by the league in 2012.

After retirement from professional football, Gruden doubled as an offensive assistant for his brother with the Buccaneers and the head coach of the AFL's Orlando Predators. He later became the head coach and general manager of the Florida Tuskers before joining the Bengals in 2011.

The Bengals finished 2012 with the NFL's No. 12 scoring offense, up from No. 18 in the season prior. The team was eliminated in the Wild Card round of the playoffs by the Houston Texans in each of the last two seasons.

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