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Sitting And Waiting, Just Like You

Posted Jan 6, 2013

Breaking news! Isn't that the world in which we live now? If you've missed a minute of Twitter and text messaging, you've missed a lot. To update you on the Eagles' coaching search, this is what I know ...

What I know about the Eagles' coaching search is a whole lot of nothing, and just about everything. The Eagles continue their series of interviews -- confirming that they met with Oregon head coach Chip Kelly on Saturday and that they are still scheduled to meet with Denver offensive coordinator Mike McCoy.

I know that when I watch the "league insiders" on television, the stories change every 10 minutes. Kelly, the 72-point headline in the would-be head coaching pool, has not told any team of his intentions, yet the Cleveland Browns, who on Friday were "very close" to signing Kelly, are now no longer in the mix for the innovative offensive mind.

I know that, as Sports Illustrated reported, Kelly's choices are down to signing with the Eagles or remaining at Oregon and that's that.

I know that Buffalo is in with Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone, but that the deal is not yet done and, well, we know how these things work out.

I know that Andy Reid signed in Kansas City because I texted him a "Congratulations and good luck" message and he got back to me with his signature, "Thanks, Spuds" reply.

As for the Eagles, I know they are on top of this frantic, ever-changing situation. The three-man contingent of Jeffrey Lurie, Howie Roseman and Don Smolenski are on the road talking to candidates. They want to find the perfect man for the job -- a leader, a forward-thinking coach, an organizer with a big-picture view of success in mind.

This isn't going to be a quick fix, and, thus, it may not be a quick search. Then again, it may get wrapped up very shortly. The nature of these kinds of situations is fluid, involving a lot of moving pieces and minds that change often -- and quickly.

Want a name to hang your hat on from me? You're not going to get it, because it would be nothing more than a wild guess. I know that Lurie has his list of candidates and that he's going to know the right coach when he interviews him. The Kelly interview on Saturday kind of came out of nowhere to me: Only hours before the Eagles announced they were leaving to go to Arizona to continue their interviews the reports were that Kelly was all but in with the Browns.

Now that's not the case, even as reports continued early Sunday that Cleveland was scheduled for another round of talks with Kelly. As of 1 p.m., the Browns are moving to another candidate. By 4 p.m., who knows?

We know that the Eagles interviewed Atlanta defensive coordinator Mike Nolan and Falcons special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong. We know that they reportedly spoke with Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien, who decided to stay in State College. We now know that the Eagles met with Kelly on Saturday and that the conversations reportedly lasted until 9:30 p.m. Arizona time.

And now we know that McCoy is on the list next, and that the Eagles want to talk to Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden and Indianapolis offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, who missed Sunday's playoff game in Baltimore and instead spent the day in the hospital with the flu. Seattle defensive coordinator Gus Bradley is on the list to be interviewed in the days ahead.

All caught up? Good, because it's going to change very quickly.

I'm waiting, just like you. On the edge of my seat, tuned in to all of the reports, excited to see what happens next. Other than that, I know as much as you know, which is to say that in this day and age, we know a whole lot and we really don't know much at all.

 

 

 

 

 

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