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Monday, February 7, 2011
Eagles shoot down Jon Gruden rumor

By Dan Graziano
ESPN.com

DALLAS -- At about 2 a.m. this morning, a sportswriter pal of mine asked if I'd heard anything about Jon Gruden replacing Andy Reid as head coach of the Eagles. Apparently while I was hammering out a Troy Polamalu story, there were rumors floating around that Philadelphia was about to make a shocking announcement.

It finally got to the point Monday morning that the Eagles felt the need to release a statement:

"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."

The problem is that almost anything seems possible in the aftermath of the Eagles naming their longtime offensive line coach, Juan Castillo, defensive coordinator. But I will say that Gruden to the Eagles seemed like an unbelievable stretch. I'm certain my Eagles beat-writing pals were not amused as they were chasing this thing down at their Dallas headquarters, aka Idle Rich Pub in Uptown.

Jonathan Tamari of the Inquirer believes that former Eagles fullback Kyle Eckel started this rumor on his Facebook page. And really, it just goes to show that you can't trust former Eagles fullbacks on Facebook anymore. Leonard Weaver at least has the good sense to simply post every inspirational thought that pops into his head on Twitter.

I couldn't imagine Weaver planting a rumor as part of a grand social experiment. Perhaps Eckel has too much time on his hands. I'm having trouble recalling his on-field work right now, but he's always been imaginative online.

OK, now I have to get back to reading about how awful my city was this past week. Go in peace.