After being jilted by Oregon coach Chip Kelly, the Philadelphia Eagles’ coaching search is back in full swing.
Former Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith will interview for the job on Thursday, the club announced this afternoon. The Eagles are seeking to replace Andy Reid. Smith coached the Bears for the previous nine seasons, winning the NFC North on three occasions and posting an 81-63 record in the regular season. Smith was fired after a 10-6 season in which the Bears failed to reach the playoffs for the fifth time in six years.
Also in the mix for the Eagles are Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden and Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy. The Eagles have interest in defensive coordinators Gus Bradley of the Seattle Seahawks and Mike Nolan of the Atlanta Falcons. They have also interviewed Falcons special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong.
Smith will have to sell an offensive vision to the Eagles to have a chance at the job. His offenses were traditionally in the bottom third of the league with the Bears and the addition of quarterback Jay Cutler in a 2009 trade did little to improve the units.
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Brad Biggs covers the Bears for the Chicago Tribune