Eagles interview Ken Whisenhunt

Associated Press  |  Last updated January 12, 2013
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Add yet another name to the Philadelphia Eagles' list of coaching candidates. Former Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt interviewed with Philadelphia on Monday morning as the team's search to replace Andy Reid entered its third week. Whisenhunt was dismissed by Arizona on Dec. 31 after six seasons. He led the Cardinals to their only Super Bowl appearance in his second season and Arizona won its second straight NFC West title the following year. But after a 4-0 start this season, the Cardinals lost 11 of their last 12 to finish 5-11 for the second time in three years. The Eagles also were scheduled to interview Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden on Monday, bringing the total number of known candidates to 11. Among those were three high-profile college coaches who decided to stay at their schools. They were Notre Dame's Brian Kelly, Oregon's Chip Kelly and Penn State's Bill O'Brien. Former Bears coach Lovie Smith interviewed last week. The Eagles previously met with Atlanta assistants Mike Nolan and Keith Armstrong and Denver offensive coordinator Mike McCoy. The team has selectively released information on interviews, so there could be others on the list. The Eagles interviewed former Ravens coach Brian Billick last Monday and Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley on Saturday, according to three people familiar with the meetings. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the team didn't comment on those interviews. Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians is expected to meet with owner Jeffrey Lurie, general manager Howie Roseman and president Don Smolenski this week. The Eagles were granted permission to interview Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter and former Syracuse coach Doug Marrone. Koetter signed an extension to stay in Atlanta and Marrone replaced Chan Gailey in Buffalo. Whisenhunt was 49-53 in Arizona, including 4-2 in two playoff appearances. The Cardinals lost to Pittsburgh in the Super Bowl following the 2008 season. A former offensive coordinator with the Steelers, Whisenhunt's offense in Arizona fared much better his first three seasons when Kurt Warner was the quarterback. With Warner, the Cardinals ranked 12th, fourth and 14th in total yards from 2007-09, and seventh, third and 11th in points over that span. They didn't finish higher than 19th in yards and 24th in points in the last three years. The 50-year-old Whisenhunt began his coaching career as an assistant at Vanderbilt in 1995. He jumped to the NFL after two seasons, joining Ted Marchibroda's staff as tight ends coach in Baltimore in 1997. Whisenhunt spent two seasons with the Ravens, was Cleveland's tight ends coach in 1999 and the New York Jets' special teams coach in 2000. He went to Pittsburgh in 2001, serving as the tight ends coach his first three seasons and offensive coordinator the next three. Reid was fired a day after the Eagles finished 4-12 in his 14th season. He took over for Romeo Crennel in Kansas City.
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