Gruden replacing Reid? Eagles say 'Not true'

February 7, 2011 7:06:26 PM PST
Social media and sports blogging sites exploded overnight with a rumor that a head coaching change was in store for the Philadelphia Eagles.

The reports stated that ESPN analyst and former Buccaneers head coach Jon Gruden was in Philadelphia to accept the job as Eagles head coach, replacing Andy Reid.

One website even said that Reid was stepping down due to off-the-field issues.

It seems it started when former Eagles fullback Kyle Eckel posted on his Facebook page something about "inside word" and that it's "looking like" Gruden will get a position on the team's staff this week.

Eckel has since retreated from that statement and took down that status update. He has since said that he was just posting "a rumor".

The Eagles, however, are flatly denying such a move.

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A statement released Monday morning reads, in full:

"Early this morning we have received several inquiries regarding the rumors regarding Andy Reid and Jon Gruden. This was simply a rumor and there is no basis to it at all. It is simply not true."

Andy Reid is under contract with the Eagles until 2013 and just last week announced Juan Castillo as the new defensive coordinator.

Jon Gruden won a Super Bowl with the Buccaneers in January, 2003.