Eagles missing out on top college candidates

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Bill O’Brien made the decision to remain at Penn State and all indications are Oregon coach Chip Kelly is going to be hired by the Cleveland Browns, taking two prominent coaches the Philadelphia Eagles had been linked to out of play.

But the Eagles are moving ahead and have interviews set with Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians and Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley next week, according to the team’s Web site. Both teams are playing this weekend in the wild-card round and NFL rules dictate the men have a chance to interview this next week even if their respective teams win.

The Eagles will also interview Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy on Sunday.

Arians is starting to gain some momentum. The Chicago Bears have also been granted permission to interview him next week and Arians has been mentioned as a possibility in San Diego. He’s a coach of the year candidate for the work he did this season when Chuck Pagano was out battling leukemia. Arians has been lauded for his offensive work throughout his career.

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