The Eagles are “going all in” on Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly, according to a report.
Pro Football Talk, citing a source, says that the Eagles want Kelly to be their next head coach.
And if the Eagles don’t get Kelly, there’s a sense that they won’t quite know where to turn next.
This is shaping up to be a critical weekend in the Eagles’ search for a new head coach.
Earlier today, we updated you on the courting of Brian Kelly. And now, a league source confirms that Jeffrey Lurie, Howie Roseman and Don Smolenski will meet with another candidate, Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley.
The Eagles’ brass will meet Bradley in Atlanta today. The Seahawks face the Falcons in Sunday’s divisional-round playoff game.
The Eagles will interview Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden on Monday, according to multiple sources. The Eagles have since confirmed the date.
The younger brother of Jon Gruden sat down with the Cardinals on Thursday. While he is honoring teams’ requests to meet with him, he does not sound like he is itching to get out of Cincinnati.
Andy Reid unveiled his new coaching staff on Friday. It includes plenty of familiar names, and even a member of his family.
His son, Britt Reid, will serve as a quality control coach.
The Eagles aren’t the only team showing interest in Gus Bradley.
The Chargers interviewed the Seahawks defensive coordinator last night, according to Albert Breer of the NFL Network. The Eagles, meanwhile, have yet to meet with him, as Tim explained this morning. No other teams have expressed public interest in Bradley.
The Eagles interviewed Lovie Smith yesterday, but the former Bears coach has other suitors.
He’s headed to San Diego to meet with the Chargers about their vacancy, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.
Mike Mayock called into 97.5 The Fanatic Thursday to give his take on Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly.
“He is highly charismatic. He is very much a CEO,” said Mayock. “He understands how to hire people, he understands how to delegate. But when it comes to his offense, he’s the guy. He’s a play-caller, and I’m not so sure I believe in that in the NFL at this point.”
The term “CEO” is interesting, because it was used by Howie Roseman this week when talking about what it takes to do this job.
The Eagles’ coaching search took a sharp left turn Wednesday night when reports surfaced that the team has expressed interest in Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly.
Kelly interviewed with the Birds on Tuesday, one day after the Fighting Irish were blown out by Alabama, 42-14, in the BCS title game.
Of all the candidates who have been linked to the Eagles – and there have now been 11 total – Kelly is perhaps the most surprising name. He said as recently as last week that leaving was “not an option.” But as we know by now, what coaches say and what they do can be two different things.
So the obvious question is this: Is Kelly just leveraging NFL interest into a more favorable deal at Notre Dame? We’ve already seen Bill O’Brien and Chip Kelly interview with NFL teams before going back to their respective college gigs. Is Brian Kelly doing the same thing?
The Eagles are looking to the college ranks once again.
The team is interested in Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly and have already interviewed him, a league source confirmed to Birds 24/7. It is unknown if the interest is mutual, and Kelly is said to be out of the country.
Rumors cropped up Wednesday that Jon Gruden was spotted in Philadelphia, leading to speculation that he may be in town to interview for the Eagles head coaching job.
If he is in town it does not have anything to do with the local team, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.