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Monday's NFL coaching rumors: Eagles to interview Bengals' Jay Gruden

For the Philadelphia Eagles the search continues for Andy Reid's replacement, as Andy had his introductory press conference with the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday.

Monday's NFL coaching rumors: Eagles to interview Bengals' Jay Gruden

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Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden stands on the sidelines during an NFL football game against the New York Giants, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, in Cincinnati. (Michael Keating/AP)
Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden stands on the sidelines during an NFL football game against the New York Giants, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, in Cincinnati. (Michael Keating/AP)

UPDATE (4:30 p.m.) - The Eagles have been granted permission to interview Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden, reports Les Bowen of the Daily News.

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For the Philadelphia Eagles the search continues for Andy Reid's replacement, as Andy had his introductory press conference with the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday. Early Philadelphia favorites Bill O’Brien of Penn State and Chip Kelly of Oregon have both selected to return to their respective schools. The Eagles were also rumored to be interested in Syracuse’s Doug Marrone, who agreed to become the Buffalo Bills head coach on Sunday. 

With some of their top targets already accounted for, the Eagles will turn their eyes elsewhere, as they are expected to request permission to interview Bengals’ offensive coordinator Jay Gruden, who is also set to meet with the Arizona Cardinals about their vacancy. The Cardinals, keeping their options open, have also received permission to speak with Pittsburgh Steelers’ offensive coordinator Todd Haley, according to ESPN.

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Broncos’ offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, whom the Eagles have expressed interest in, was also interviewed by Arizona, and is reportedly a candidate in Chicago. 

Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan and Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, who missed Sunday’s game with an illness, are both still options for the Eagles. Nolan has already interviewed, and Arians is expected to at some point this week, as Philadelphia fans wait anxiously to see who will be Reid’s successor. 

Elsewhere around the League, the Cleveland Browns are looking into other options after going in a different direction than original target Chip Kelly, and are set to interview Marc Trestman of the CFL's Montreal Alouettes. Trestman has led Montreal to two CFL titles in his five years with the team.

The Chargers, a talented team that has failed to meet expectations the past several seasons, are still in the market for a new head coach, and are rumored to be interested in ex-Bears coach, Lovie Smith. However, it seems the team is interested in finding a new GM before filling the coaching vacancy. 

In other GM news, the Jaguars will interview David Caldwell for a third time about their own general manager position. Caldwell, the Atlanta Falcons director of player personnel, is on the short list for the position, and it seems that the fate of current coach Mike Mularkey will be up to the newly-hired GM.

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