Eagles Interview Ken Whisenhunt, Jay Gruden

And the search goes on.

The Eagles announced today that they’ve interviewed former Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt. Whisenhunt’s teams went 45-51 in Arizona. They made the playoffs twice and advanced all the way to the Super Bowl in 2008, beating the Eagles in the NFC championship game.

But things turned ugly the past three seasons, largely because of the team’s inability to find a quarterback. The Cardinals went 18-30 from 2010 to 2012. Last season, they started out 4-0 before dropping nine in a row and 11 of their last 12.

Whisenhunt has drawn interest from the Bills, Browns and Chargers. Buffalo and Cleveland, of course, have already filled their vacancies. Whisenhunt reportedly interviewed with San Diego on Tuesday.

Prior to landing the Cardinals job, he served on the Steelers staff for six seasons – three as tight ends coach and three as offensive coordinator. He also spent time with the Jets (2000), Browns (1999) and Ravens (1997-98).

As for Jay Gruden, he’s spent the past two seasons as the offensive coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals. You can find more about him here.

For those keeping track at home, here are the candidates the Eagles have interviewed so far: Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, ex-Bears coach Lovie Smith, Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan, Falcons special-teams coach Keith Armstrong, Oregon’s Chip Kelly, Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly and Penn State’s Bill O’Brien.

Kelly, Kelly and O’Brien are no longer candidates. Bradley is expected to get a second look.

The Eagles are expected to interview Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians this week.

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  • PaoliBulldog

    This is getting tedious. But I have a hard time believing that Roseman is holding up Lurie and Smolenski. After all, Bradley and McCoy just became available on Sunday, and Arians has not been well enough to interview, so it’s not as if the Eagles have let other teams snatch good candidates from under their nose. But I’m on the Bradley bandwagon big time, so just sign him up and move on.

    • Graham

      Yup let’s do it…. let’s go with Bradley get him to find a stud OC AND let’s get on with this very very very significant offseason

      • LostInChiTown

        I think I’d rather have an offensive HC and hire Lovie Smith to be D Coordinator. I live near Chicago and would kill to see the Eagles play D like the Bears. His press conferences were worse than Reid’s, but his D played total team football and were turnover machines. Philly would love it.

        • Graham

          Agreed… I’d love to bring in Lovie with an offensive mind coaching as well but that would mean sacrificing Gus, and I don’t like that, he seems very interesting

        • Johngiam

          Yeah, cuz Lvie smith will play second fiddle to some unknown coordinator….y stop there? Why not as for Bellicek, buddy Ryan, and ken Wisenhunt as your OC?

          Anyone else been seeing the reports that we have almost reached a deal
          With Gus? It’s out there but it hasn’t been confirmed yet

  • 1972

    wisenhunt and jay gruden arent better than andy reid, so why are they interviewing them? From everything ive read and seen, gus is the guy.I dont understand the billick thing either, none of those guys are better than reid.

    • Graham

      G-U-S GUS!!! Let’s do this , he’s got the energy the eagles need

      • Johngiam

        I hear we are close to a deal with gUs, but that report hasn’t been confirmed or denied yet. Let’s hope so buddy

    • LostInChiTown

      Odds are none of them will be better than Reid in his prime. However, Wisenhunt and Gruden may be better than the Reid we saw the last few years. It bothers me that Reid has probably established his best staff in Kansas City since his early days here. Why couldn’t he make some of those hires the last few years?

      • morgan c

        Are you serious? His staff is just old Eagles re-treads; his son, the QB coach who has never been a coordinator at any level… I view it the opposite way. Reid has proven he can’t think outside the box, is beyond stubborn, and hired a yes-man staff just of “trusted inner circle guys” that I doubt will bring the Chiefs a SB. But we’ll see…

        • Johngiam

          I have to side with Morgan…IMO the fact that Reid assistants all moved on, and he was out if touch with the league, after years entrenched in his novacare bubble, and the fact that he could no longer put together a good staff, was Andy’s biggest downfall

  • James

    I am on the Gus bandwagon as well. If we can not get Gus, McCoy is my second.

  • dislikedisqus

    This is reminding me of that slow as molasses drive at the end of the SB. When Belichick was later heard to say “What are they thinking?”