The Eagles requested and have been granted permission to speak with Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians and Seattle defensive coordinator Gus Bradley.
Stepping in for Chuck Pagano, Arians has been at the center of the feel-good story in the NFL this season. A year after earning the No. 1 pick with a 2-14 record, the Colts are headed to the playoffs. Arians has experience working with young quarterbacks. He’s helped Andrew Luck along as a rookie and worked with Ben Roethlisberger from 2007-2011, a run that included a Super Bowl win and another Super Bowl appearance. He has Philadelphia roots too, having served as the head coach at Temple from 1983 to 1988.
Arians, 60, has never been an NFL head coach before.
Bradley has spent the last four seasons as Seattle’s defensive coordinator, and the results this year speak for themselves. The Seahawks lead the NFL in scoring defense, allowing 15.5 points per game, and are second in Football Outsiders’ rankings. Bradley coaches a versatile, physical group, and the Seahawks boast perhaps the best secondary in the NFL. Bradley, 46, worked under Monte Kiffin in Tampa for three seasons. He was the linebackers coach from 2007 to 2008 and Tampa’s defensive quality control coach before that.
The Eagles are slated to meet with Oregon head coach Chip Kelly and Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy this weekend. They have spoken with Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan and special teams coach Keith Armstrong, and reportedly also interviewed Bill O’Brien, who has opted to stay at Penn State.
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