Eagles set to interview McCoy with Kelly undecided
January 6, 2013, 12:28 pm
Eagles brass headed to Denver on Sunday unsuccessful -- for the moment -- in its attempt to lure University of Oregon coach Chip Kelly.
A search committee of owner Jeff Lurie, president Don Smolenski and general manager Howie Roseman will interview Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy after spending several hours on Saturday talking with Kelly, according to a team spokesperson.
The Eagles and Browns each had lengthy discussions with Kelly in Phoenix over the past two days, but both teams left Arizona without a commitment and reports have suggested that Kelly is strongly considering a return to Oregon. ESPN reported that the Browns have already moved past Kelly and are restarting their coaching search.
Kelly last year flirted with the Tampa Bay opening before going back to Oregon, which could face NCAA sanctions in the future, making Kelly’s departure for the NFL seem more likely.
The Eagles also still haven’t received permission to interview Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden. The Bengals lost 19-13 to Houston on Saturday in the first round of the AFC playoffs, with Gruden’s offense mustering just 198 yards and 118 passing yards.
After they interview McCoy, the Eagles’ search committee also intends to meet with Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians and Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley. On Saturday, they had asked permission from the Bengals to interview Gruden, the young brother of former NFL head coach and former Eagles assistant Jon Gruden.
The Bengals have yet to allow the meeting, perhaps because they’re working on a contract extension with their rising assistant. The Eagles have already interviewed Falcons assistants Mike Nolan and Keith Armstrong, along with former Syracuse coach Doug Marrone, Penn State coach Bill O’Brien and Kelly. Marrone has already agreed to become the Buffalo Bills’ next head coach.
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1 reply to this topic
Posted 06 January 2013 - 01:03 PM
Posted 06 January 2013 - 07:15 PM
Plenty of fish in the sea. I like that they are taking their time and think that an assistant from one of the playoff teams is the way to go here.