The Latest On Bruce Arians

Bruce Arians is expected to be released from the hospital “any moment” after being treated for an inner-ear infection, his agent  Mike Brown told Birds 24/7 late Monday morning.

Arians, who stepped in for Chuck Pagano and guided the Colts to an 11-5 record this season, got sick this week and was forced to miss Sunday’s 24-9 playoff loss to the Ravens.

The Eagles have requested permission to interview the Colts offensive coordinator but had yet to reach out to the Arians camp to set up an interview time as of early Monday, according to Brown. Arians is expected to be back in Indianapolis by this evening and will likely sit down on Tuesday and go over the list of interested teams to formulate a plan. The anticipation is that the interview process will be “in full swing” by Thursday.

One NFL team has already tentatively scheduled a meeting with Arians, per a source, and San Diego and Cleveland are expected to put in formal requests. The Bears are also reportedly interested.

The Eagles have moved on after Chip Kelly opted to stay at Oregon. They met with Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy for several hours in Denver Sunday and have since flown back to Philadelphia. They plan to meet with Arians and Seattle defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, and have also put in a request to speak with Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden.

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.

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  • Johngiam

    yes Gus is my top choice, but this franchise could certainly do much worse then Bruce Arians.

  • 1972

    Arians a very good coach, but i need a up and coming guy in his 40’s. has nothing to do with his hospital stay just want a younger defenseive guy

    • Johngiam

      you basically summed it up

  • The Guru

    Why are we even wasting our time with Arians? He’s too old, was just fired from Pittsburgh, and won 11 games with a last place schedule in a terrible division. Go after the SF coordinators!!

    • FMWarner

      I don’t understand the appeal of Arians, either. He was an interim coach for a guy who had already set up his organization – Arians just coached the games. Not only that, he didn’t even win the 11 you gave him credit for. He was 9-3.

  • theycallmerob

    hahahaha, I’m sorry Tim but this NFL “inside sources” scandal that the media runs is just too much! Look at this paragraph:

    One NFL team has already tentatively scheduled a meeting with Arians, per a source, and San Diego and Cleveland are expected to put in formal requests. The Bears are also reportedly interested.

    The whole article is about how the Eagles need to schedule a time; if they need to, and the Chargers, Browns, and Bears are also all in line….that’s 4 of the 5 teams! So how come this “source” won’t name the team that has already scheduled?….it’s gotta be the Cardinals!
    Why so mysterious???

    this is what happens when I read 24/7 during happy hour…

  • ClydeSide

    Why isn’t anyone talking about Mike Pettine? he is the DC with the Rex Jets, and is an Eagles fan through and through. He’s aPhilly guy. His Dad is a legend in Pa football–coached at Bucks County West and won three titles. He coached at Lansdale high. He’s tough as nails and is a leader. We need someone who BLEEDS GREEN. 53 years without a title is too long. Pettine understands that–he’s one of us. He would know that you can’t win with gimmicks–you win with overwhelming force.