The Eagles already have three interviews set up with NFL coordinators, but the team has three college candidates near or at the very top of their list to replace Andy Reid as head coach.
Chip Kelly of Oregon and Bill O'Brien of Penn State are the first two, as has been previously reported, but Doug Marrone of Syracuse is also very much on the Eagles' radar, NFL sources said on Tuesday.
Marrone, 48, is already reportedly scheduled to interview with the Browns and Bills. He is believed to be an attractive candidate for an NFL job because of how he has turned the Syracuse program around despite having little talent.
The Orangemen went 8-5 this season and topped West Virginia in the Pinstripe Bowl on Saturday. Marrone has a 25-25 record in four seasons at Syracuse.
Before that, he was the Saints offensive coordinator for three years under Sean Payton, and before that the offensive line coach with the New York Jets for four seasons. He played collegiate football at Syracuse and was briefly an offensive lineman with the Dolphins.
The Eagles confirmed that they have interviews set up with three Falcons coaches -- defensive coordinator Mike Nolan, offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter and special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong. Interview dates have not yet been announced.
Other NFL assistants that are likely on owner Jeffrey Lurie's very defined list include Denver's Mike McCoy, San Francisco's Greg Roman and Vic Fangio, Cincinnati's Jay Gruden and Mike Zimmer, Seattle's Gus Bradley, Green Bay's Ben McAdoo, and Arizona's Ray Horton. Bruce Arians, who was 9-3 as interim coach with Indianapolis, is another candidate.
I think the most important thing is to find the right leader, Lurie said. I'm not one who wants to buy schemes, wants to buy approaches that are necessarily finite. What you've got to find is somebody who is strategic, somebody who is a strong leader, somebody who is very comfortable in his own skin. That, to me, is probably one of the one or two top traits because players today see right through if you're not. If you're a salesman coach, that's not going to work.