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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Gus Bradley Has “Great Interview” With Eagles

Gus Bradley‘s interview with the Eagles on Saturday went very well, according to Jay Glazer.

“He had a great interview with the Philadelphia Eagles,” said Glazer. “If the Seahawks lose [to the Falcons] look for the Eagles to bring Bradley back in.”

The Seahawks did lose to Atlanta, making Bradley available. While a second interview is certainly possible, it had not yet been scheduled as of Monday morning, according to a league source.

Glazer also reports that Mike Nolan, who interviewed with the Eagles early in the process, plans to stay in Atlanta.

“Before Cleveland hired Rob Chudzinski they really wanted to bring Nolan in there – they were hot for him. Nolan told me, ‘Listen, I’m very happy where I am with Mike Smith and Tom Dimitroff. Unless it’s a great job, I love being here in Atlanta.’”

Meanwhile, a couple other assistants the Eagles have targeted are drawing attention elsewhere.

The Eagles met with Brian Billick on Monday, a source confirmed. Billick has not been linked to any other teams. Jeffrey Lurie, Howie Roseman and Don Smolenski are slated to meet with Jay Gruden Monday and Bruce Arians Tuesday.

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