Eagles To Interview Kelly, Marrone

The Eagles will interview Oregon’s Chip Kelly and Syracuse’s Doug Marrone in Arizona, a source tells Tim McManus.

The team released a brief statement Saturday morning about their coaching search:

“The Eagles are committed to finding the right fit for head coach and are heading to Arizona now to kick off a week of interviews with a variety of candidates including Mike McCoy, Bruce Arians and Gus Bradley.”

Despite an NFL Network report last night that said Kelly and the Cleveland Browns were close to a deal, the Eagles will still have a shot.

So, what to make of all this? Clearly, the Eagles have interest in Kelly. While the Browns appear to be the frontrunners, nothing’s done until it’s done. We learned that with the Andy Reid/Cardinals/Chiefs situation. Agents and teams are doing work this time of year. If the Eagles are 100 percent sold that Kelly is the best candidate out there, now’s the time to put on the hard sell and take their best shot. They might still lose out, but at least they’ll have tried.

If they view Kelly as a good candidate, but aren’t ready to go all-in, they’ll almost certainly lose out to the Browns, who appear ready to make a deal.

As for Marrone, he was the Saints offensive coordinator from 2006 to 2008. He also was the Jets offensive line coach from 2002 to 2005. The Bills and Browns have also shown interest in him.

The Eagles will meet with McCoy in Denver on Sunday. The Arians and Bradley interviews will take place after the Colts and Seahawks play this weekend.

And when you’re watching games today and tomorrow, keep your eye on some other assistants, like Jay Gruden (Bengals offensive coordinator), Mike Zimmer (Bengals defensive coordinator), Darrell Bevell (Seahawks offensive coordinator), Ben McAdoo (Packers QBs coach), Tom Clements (Packers offensive coordinator) and Winston Moss (Packers assistant head coach).

For a list of every reported interview for every team, click here.

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  • johnGiam

    can we just hire Gus and get this over with?

    • Graham

      Do you think they’re gunning for Gus now? over Kelly and McCoy… Hearing great things about Gus

      • Johngiam

        I can’t say with confidence that they are gunning for any defensive coach with the way the league has gone offensive..I didn’t think we would even get permission to interview Gus. I thought Carrol would keep him for another year..If not I would have been waiving the Hire Gus flag a month ago lol…I have heard and picked up a lot these past days, like Jon Gruden is. Ot even going to be interviewed by us, we have no interest in him, but we do have real interest in his little brother…but I haven’t heard anything that says that Gus is higher on our list then anyone else…but man, would I be thrilled ti have him.

        any man who has been a Dcoordinator values the run game and it’s importance of keeping the D fresh. So with Gus as the coach, bringing a cutting edge, offensive coordinator, who gets the ball down field, hurry up offense, all the new offensive stuff everyone loves, but a HC like Gus will Reel him in and make sure we have a balanced attack…not to mention Gus put together the best secondary in the NFL, and he could possibly bring Marcus Truphant with him from sale to replace Nmandi, and then we could draft his brother who is slipping down draft boards. Seatle literally HITS everything that moves. under Gus we will be extremely Physical, viscious, disciplined, and HELD ACCOUNTABLE!!

        hiring Gus is just sooooo full of win!.. then again, I wouldnt complain if we hire Arians, jay gruden or McCoy either….I think it pretty much realistically will come down to those 4 guys, with Marrone being a sleeper, he is a friend of BALDINGER, and Baldy says will completely WOW owners who interview him… otherr then those guys, does anyone see a alistic candidate that I’m missing? I want us to talk to Fangio, but I haven’t really heard h I’m on anyone’s radar yet

        • Johngiam

          Graham, I don’t think we are gunning for chip Kelly at all… Bt that’s just a guess. it’s not long I have heard anything to support my claim

  • EaglesPulse

    I leaning to agree w/ John. Look at what Gus Bradley has done w/ the Seahawks D these past couple of years. But, no sense making a move until everybody the Eagles are interested in is interviewed.

    • Johngiam

      I respectfully disagree. I don’t really believe interviewing everyone..It’s a competitive market, you Identify a guy that wows you, who you have confidence in, screw the rest of the candidates, pounce on that guy and lock him up. I’m no saying that I know that guy is Gus…but that’s the way I believe we should play it. I believe in Due Dillivence, but you wait to long and interview everyone before you make a decision, and you could end up losing options before you are even ready to make a decision. identify your guy, and a pounce immediately! Preferably a coach is announced by Atuesday at the latest…that would give us time to talk to Marrone, arians, Gus, McCoy….only guy that we might not get to talk to within that time frame is Jay Gruden..but if they lose, we could probably nervier him and zimmer on. Monday. we need a coach by Tuesday, even by then we will probably lose some options, guys signing with other teams

  • daggolden

    Whoa hold on a minute. If we are now entering the defensive side of the ball for HC canidates lets look at Vic Fangio to. If the Eagles are willing to go defensive coach there are a slew of names that could be brought into the fray. Like Bradley but it expands the search!

  • Johngiam

    A coach needs to be hired by Tuesday, cause candidates will start getting snatched up left and right as soon as the chip Kelly domino falls.Before Tues we will have interviewed Nolan, Obrien,Kelly,Marrone,Gus Bradley,McCoy,Bruce Arians…the only candidates that I don’t know that we can interview before Tuesday is Fangio and the Bengal boys Gruden and Zimmer….if we can interview those guys Sunday night or Monday, fine…but by Tuesday a decision needs to be made, or the right candidate might get snatched up by someone else…which even Tuesday mite be too late!