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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