The Eagles have requested and been granted permission by Indianapolis to speak with offensive coordinator Bruce Arians and by Seattle to talk with defensive coordinator Gus Bradley about the team's head coaching position.
Seattle and Indianapolis are playing in the Wild Card round this weekend. The Eagles will not have to wait until Arians' or Bradley's team is eliminated to speak to them. If either (or both) of the teams win, the Eagles will be allowed to interview the candidate(s) next week prior to the Divisional Round.
|Bruce Arians' Bio|
|1975-76||Virginia Tech||Graduate Assistant|
|1977||Virginia Tech||Running Backs|
|1978-80||Mississippi State||Running Backs/Wide Receivers|
|1989-92||Kansas City Chiefs||Running Backs|
|1993-95||Mississippi State||Offensive Coordinator|
|1996||New Orleans Saints||Tight Ends|
|2001-03||Cleveland Browns||Offensive Coordinator|
|2004-06||Pittsburgh Steelers||Wide Receivers|
|2007-11||Pittsburgh Steelers||Offensive Coordinator|
|2012||Indianapolis Colts||Offensive Coordinator/Interim Head Coach|
Arians is in his first year as the Colts offensive coordinator after five seasons in the same capacity with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Arians' role with the Colts expanded to interim head coach after Chuck Pagano took leave for his battle with leukemia. One year after the Colts finished 2-14 and owned the top pick in the NFL Draft, they are back in the playoffs with an 11-5 record. In addition to his brilliant work in Pagano's stead running the team, Arians also molded No. 1 overall pick quarterback Andrew Luck. The NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year candidate threw for an NFL rookie record 4,373 yards and 23 touchdowns this season. Arians’ work this season has been universally lauded and could earn him NFL Coach of the Year honors. Arians also has local ties. He was Temple University's head coach from 1983-88.
|Gus Bradley's Bio|
|1990-91||North Dakota State||Graduate Assistant|
|1992-95||Fort Lewis College||Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers|
|1996-2005||North Dakota State||Head Coach|
|2006||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Defensive Quality Control|
|2007||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Linebackers|
|2009-Present||Seattle Seahawks||Defensive Coordinator|
Bradley is the architect of one of the most tough, physical defenses in the NFL. The Seahawks ranked first in points allowed this season and fourth in yards allowed. Bradley has been the Seahawks defensive coordinator since 2009. Last year, Bradley guided the second-youngest team in the NFL to a top-10 finish in multiple categories including: points allowed, fewest touchdowns allowed, second half points allowed and takeaways. In his first year as coordinator in 2009, the Seahawks posted two shutouts at home.
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