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Chargers interview Bengals OC Jay Gruden

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Jay Gruden became the latest candidate to interview for the San Diego Chargers' head-coaching job.

The Cincinnati Bengals' offensive coordinator met with Chargers officials in San Diego on Sunday.

"The Chargers are an excellent franchise," Gruden said, according to Chargers.com. "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."

Gruden previously spoke with the Arizona Cardinals about their head-coaching vacancy, and he is scheduled to talk with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Philadelphia Eagles this week, according to multiple media reports.

The Chargers interviewed former Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith on Friday, then former Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt on Saturday.

Gruden's Cincinnati offense ranked 22nd in the NFL this season, 17th in passing and 18th in rushing.

Gruden, 45, was an assistant coach on the staff of his brother, Jon Gruden, with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2002-08. He also spent time as the head coach of the Arena Football League's Orlando Predators before working the past two years under Marvin Lewis with the Bengals.

The Chargers fired head coach Norv Turner and general manager A.J. Smith after finishing 7-9, then hired Tom Telesco as the new GM.
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