Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy is accepting the San Diego Chargers head-coaching job, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The Eagles interviewed McCoy early in the process, but did not appear to be interested in him after the meeting.
There is, however, a domino effect here. The Chargers had interviewed Gus Bradley before the Eagles. He obviously will not be headed to San Diego now. The Jaguars have scheduled an interview with Bradley on Wednesday, according to Schefter. Of course, if the Eagles and Bradley agree to terms today, he’ll never make that trip.
The Eagles are one week into their coaching search, and the landscape has changed considerably.
Chip Kelly and Bill O’Brien are staying at Oregon and Penn State, respectively. Dirk Koetter will remain offensive coordinator of the Atlanta Falcons. And Doug Marrone signed on with the Bills.
All four were on the Eagles’ radar at one time or another during the last seven days.
So where do Jeffrey Lurie, Howie Roseman and Don Smolenski go from here? The interviews will continue this week. Below is a list of candidates to keep an eye on.
The Eagles and Browns are leaving the desert, and neither has Chip Kelly on the plane with them.
Jeffrey Lurie, Howie Roseman and Don Smolenski are off to Denver to meet with Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy. Their lunch with Kelly spilled will into the night Saturday, but the sides parted without reaching any kind of agreement.
The Browns also left empty-handed.
The Eagles are expected to interview Oregon head coach Chip Kelly and Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy over the weekend. That will likely not be the end of their search. Jeffrey Lurie has promised a thorough process, and there are several assistant coaches involved in the postseason that they will likely want to sit down with.
But McCoy and Kelly are two hot names and both could very well end up with NFL head coaching jobs over the next couple weeks. One may even land in Philadelphia. Let’s examine the two side-by-side.
If Jeffrey Lurie or Howie Roseman calls up Peyton Manning to get his take on Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, they’ll get a ringing endorsement.
“I think he’s ready; I think he’s paid his dues,” Manning said, per the Denver Post. “Mike’s a good leader. He’s had some good coaches that have been mentors to him, different coaches that he’s worked with in his years in the NFL that I think he’s incorporated some of their leadership philosophies and his own philosophy.”
As things currently stand, seven of the league’s 32 head-coaching jobs are open.
That means at some point, the Eagles could very well be competing with one or two other teams for the same candidate (admit it, you’d be intrigued by a Jeffrey Lurie/Howie Roseman vs. Joe Banner showdown).
So in this space, we’ll track which candidates are scheduled to interview with which teams. The list will be updated constantly as new reports surface.
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On last night’s Birds 24/7 Radio show (podcast links here!), Tim and I discussed several potential candidates to replace Andy Reid as the Eagles’ next head coach.
One name we both agreed is worth keeping an eye on is Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy.