The Tennessee Titans have received permission to interview Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden, according to a league source.
The interview for Gruden with Titans general manager Ruston Webster will take place this week, as he is believed to be the first of several candidates who will interview to replace Mike Munchak, who was fired on Saturday.
Gruden, 45, is the brother of former Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach and current Monday Night Football analyst Jon Gruden.
Gruden has spent the past three seasons as the Bengals offensive coordinator and has helped to develop Andy Dalton, who was from the same draft class as Titans quarterback Jake Locker.
Dalton has guided the Bengals to the playoffs for three straight seasons, though Cincinnati has yet to win any of those postseason contests
Gruden spent time in Nashville with the old Nashville Kats of the Arena Football League. He also has ties to Webster, spending four years in Tampa Bay as an offensive assistant while Webster worked in the front office for the Bucs.
The Minnesota Vikings and Washington Redskins have also asked for permission to interview Gruden.
Gruden isn't the only Bengals assistant the Titans might have their eyes on. Defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer said he expects to interview with three teams, and the Titans are reportedly on that list.
Other assistant coaches are still in the playoffs and can't be interviewed until their seasons are over. Among those who could be on the Titans radar are Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt, Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman.