Eagles proceed with Jay Gruden interview, not Bruce Arians

AP

The Eagles proceed with their coaching search, battling a perception that they don’t have a plan.  Even if they actually do.

Whatever the plan, it apparently doesn’t include Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians.  According to CSNPhilly.com, Arians won’t be interviewed on Tuesday, contrary to multiple reports that he would be.  Previously, the Eagles announced that they had received permission to interview Arians.

The Eagles have met as planned with Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden.  Also, the Eagles announced on Monday that they interviewed on Monday former Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt.

Some believe Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley is the favorite to land the job.  On Sunday, reports emerged that the Eagles secretly interviewed former Ravens coach Brian Billick.

Previously, the Eagles pursued a quartet of college head coaches.  Three of them (Penn State’s Bill O’Brien, Oregon’s Chip Kelly, and Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly) remained at their current positions; Doug Marrone of Syracuse accepted the Bills job without interviewing with the Eagles.

32 responses to “Eagles proceed with Jay Gruden interview, not Bruce Arians

  1. jakec4 says: Jan 14, 2013 8:46 PM

    Brainless Brian Billick is not your man, Philly. Stop wasting time on him.
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    Fixed!

  2. noburghfan says:
    Jan 14, 2013 8:51 PM
    Age discrimination ?
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    2 years older than billick and he got an interview so doubt it. None of these guys are real candidates. Bradley or Jon Gruden are the only real possibilities they are thinking about. Basically picking everyone’s brain about the team and what “they would” do.

    Oh and for the Redskins fans. If you ain’t first your last. You made the playoffs for the first time in 75000 years and talked trash on every team. All a sudden RG3 may never be the same. Your franchise is doomed. Maybe in another 10 years you’ll draft an up and coming QB and retread a coach nobody wants. Maybe Andy Reid will be your coach by then

  3. Glazer’s reporting Gus Bradley is going to have a second interview with the Eagles tomorrow (first one to get a second interview). I’m starting to think this search ends by Wednesday.

  4. Why does the media continue to portray interviewing a lot of coaches as “not having a plan?” In Lurie’s presser he specifically said that they were going to “leave no stone unturned” and that they would interview college coaches, NFL coordinators, and former NFL coaches. This is exactly what they have done and continue to do. He said numerous times that it was more important to take their time and make the right decision than it was to make a quick decision. Which, again, appears to be exactly what they are doing.

    So, the Eagles have been doing exactly what Lurie said they would do and somehow this is “not having a plan.”

    I say interview everyone you can, take as long as you need, and find the best person for the job. If you find the next Lombardi, Belichick, or Parcells, no one is going to say “Yeah, but you had to interview too many people to find him.”

  5. Guess you fans in Philly don’t like Superbowls. Just coaches with mustaches and flavor of the month coordinators.

  6. How do you not interview Bruce Ariens? Taking over mid season he is an candidate for coach of the year, led a young team to the playoffs and helped develop Andrew Luck.

  7. Is anyone else getting tired of all these interviews? It is like monkey see, monkey do. “Oh, the Chargers interviewed Jay Gruden?! Well that means we have to interview him too! Get him on the first plane to Philly!!”

  8. Gus Bradley’s first challenge as Head Coach of the Eagles……Make Nate Allen and Kurt Coleman into competent Safeties. If he can do that, then Lurie definitely hired the right guy!

  9. Seriously, what is the purpose of all these interviews? They don’t know these guys and are trying to determine if they can do the job or making sure their resume is honest.

    “OK, John. It is fourth down and 14 in the first quarter of a zero-to-zero game. You have the ball on your own 22 yard line. What play do you call?”

    or

    “Where you do see yourself in 5 years?”

    They do not need these interviews to determine whether to hire the guy. They should already know that. They only need these interviews to work out responsibilities. So many of these interviews are a waste of time.

  10. Laurie and Roseman are running this like they would if they were searching for a CEO for a company. Let’s hope the process yields a worthwhile result.

  11. greatone91569 says:Jan 14, 2013 9:00 PM

    Oh and for the Redskins fans. If you ain’t first your last. You made the playoffs for the first time in 75000 years and talked trash on every team. All a sudden RG3 may never be the same. Your franchise is doomed. Maybe in another 10 years you’ll draft an up and coming QB and retread a coach nobody wants. Maybe Andy Reid will be your coach by then
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    Enjoy the basement for next decade. It’s about time. Philly fans were all jacked up about their fortune 500 team. Skins fans could have told you that wouldn’t work. Where did that get you??? A fired coach, a bloated roster, no QB and a rebuilding project. Like I said enjoy the basement.

  12. PriorKnowledge I am sure you have been on plenty of retail job interviews where you are asked questions like, “where do you see yourself in five years,” and “how would you handle yourself in this situation,” which makes interviews seem quite silly. However, this is a head coaching job of a billion dollar franchise, much bigger things then you will ever accomplish in 10 lifetimes. But I wouldn’t expect you to know how important interviews get in life, not until you graduate high school at least.

  13. “Enjoy the basement for next decade. It’s about time. Philly fans were all jacked up about their fortune 500 team. Skins fans could have told you that wouldn’t work. Where did that get you??? A fired coach, a bloated roster, no QB and a rebuilding project. Like I said enjoy the basement.

    Uhh….an Eagles roster full of practice squad players took your vaunted skins to the last play while your team was fighting for a playoff spot.

    Now your franchise QB is seriously injured because the head coach is criminally negligent, and you have no first round picks for 2 years. Even if RGIII makes a miraculous recovery he will never last 16 games because of his small stature and reckless playing style. We Eagles fans have seen that movie before.

    Indianapolis went from 2-12 to 10-6. The Redskins could just as easily reverse that next year. So could the Eagles be 12-4 again, not likely, but it could happen since the margin between winning and losing is so slim in the NFL. So unless your a Pats fan or a Jaguars fan, I wouldn’t be so smug, or so glum.

  14. How Jay Gruden gets tons of interviews over Mike Zimmer boggles the mind. Andy Dalton has not developed alot as a player and that offense has basically been living off of A.J. Green. Meanwhile Zimmer has transformed that defense into one of the best in the league and he gets overlooked every year. If they switched last names Zimmer would be a head coach by now.

  15. How Jay Gruden is getting interviews over Jon Gruden is completely mystifying…and Zimmer and Mike Nolan too. Looks like a bunch of low balling going on around the league.

  16. I think Arians health troubles scared off a lot of teams since the Eagles aren’t the only ones to skip interviewing him after his playoff no show. The guy would probably make a good choice for a team but the nfl seems to be going younger as far as coaches which is good.

    Granted, the Eagles coaching search looks pretty bad now especially with how easy it was for Reid to get a job and how Banner pretty much got a two for 1 special in Cleveland with Norv Turner comming with his coach but there are a ton of good candidates available and the Philly job is right under the Chargers for best available Out of the ones left IMO.

  17. carkmonsta January 15, 2013, 10:53 AM EST

    How Jay Gruden is getting interviews over Jon Gruden is completely mystifying…and Zimmer and Mike Nolan too. Looks like a bunch of low balling going on around the league.
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    I guess you missed the memo 2 weeks ago from Jon Gruden’s agent telling all 32 teams that he is staying at ESPN. Maybe that’s why he’s not getting interviewed. Just a thought.

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