Chargers interview Jay Gruden

  • ESPN.com news services | January 13, 2013

Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden interviewed for the San Diego Chargers' vacant head coaching position Sunday.

Gruden, the younger brother of ESPN analyst Jon Gruden, also is scheduled to interview Monday with the Philadelphia Eagles and Tuesday with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Chargers have been seeking a replacement for Norv Turner, who was fired Dec. 31 following a disappointing 7-9 season. It marked the third straight season that the Chargers failed to make the playoffs.

"The Chargers are an excellent franchise," Jay Gruden said. "They've always been competitive. For a number of years they were near the top of the division and won it a few times. It would be excellent to be a part of it."

Jay Gruden just finished his second season in Cincinnati. He previously served as an offensive assistant on his brother's staff in Tampa Bay from 2002-08. He also coached several years in the AFL, winning the Arena Bowl title twice.

The Bengals reached the playoffs each of the last two years with Gruden and quarterback Andy Dalton, a second-round pick in 2011. Their offense finished 22nd in total yards and 12th in points this season, and 20th and 18th in those categories in 2011.

The 45-year-old Gruden served two stints as coach of the Orlando Predators from 1998-2001 and from 2004-08. In 2002 and '03, he was the team's quarterback. As a player, he was quarterback at Louisville for four seasons, then played six seasons with the Tampa Bay Storm of the AFL.

"I've been a head coach before for a while," Gruden told reporters in Arizona after interviewing with the Cardinals on Thursday. "I know it's a different league and it's not the NFL, but I've handled people and handled organization, handled salary caps, done all the things necessary to be a head coach. I understand the game and I think it would be a good fit."

Information from ESPN's Adam Schefter and The Associated Press was used in this report.

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