Friday, December 26, 2014

Birds' Marathon Meeting with Kelly Over

The Eagles' lunch meeting with Oregon coach Chip Kelly was initially considered a formality before Kelly's scheduled dinner meeting that was expected to seal Kelly's deal with the Cleveland Browns.

Birds' Marathon Meeting with Kelly Over

Chip Kelly met with the Eagles for nine hours Saturday. (Ross D. Franklin/AP)
Chip Kelly met with the Eagles for nine hours Saturday. (Ross D. Franklin/AP)

The Eagles' lunch meeting with Oregon coach Chip Kelly was initially considered a formality before Kelly's scheduled dinner meeting that was expected to seal Kelly's deal with the Cleveland Browns.

But the Eagles and Kelly met until after midnight, a source close to the situation confirmed. USA Today's Mike Garafalo reported that the nine-hour discussion would not be the end of conversation betwen the team and the 49-year-old coach.

The Eagles are still scheduled to interview Syracuse coach Doug Marrone in Arizona, where they met with Kelly, then are to go to Denver to interview Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy. Colts interim coach Bruce Arians and Seattle defensive coordinator Gus Bradley are on deck.

The Eagles have asked for permission to talk to Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden, whose team was bounced from the playoffs Saturday by Houston, but the request did not get an immediate response.

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