Bowles out, Kelly reportedly interested in former assistant

Bowles out, Kelly reportedly interested in former assistant
January 18, 2013, 9:40 pm
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On Thursday, new Eagles coach Chip Kelly said he was already in the middle of assembling his staff and would talk to some members of the crew he left behind at Oregon.

According to CSN Northwest, Jerry Azzinaro, Kelly's defensive line coach for the last three seasons, could be joining the Eagles. A New York native, Azzinaro has coaching roots in Massachusetts, not far from where Kelly was born and raised, and also broke into coaching in New Hampshire.

The 54-year-old former college linebacker has coached at 11 different schools, including a season at the University of New Hampshire in 2007, which was Kellys first season as offensive coordinator at Oregon. Azzinaro has never coached or played at the NFL level.

Kelly, who also said he would meet with some of Andy Reids staff members who didnt jump to Kansas City, talked Friday with defensive coordinator Todd Bowles but will let Bowles go, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

Bowles is expected to become the defensive coordinator for the Cardinals, who recently hired Bruce Arians as their head coach and then fired defensive coordinator Ray Horton.

According to CSN's Derrick Gunn, Kelly has targeted Todd Grantham, defensive coordinator at the University of Georgia, to be his defensive coordinator.

The Eagles are not commenting on any matters pertaining to their staff.

Grantham, 46, spent 11 years coaching defense in the NFL with three different teams. He was the Browns defensive coordinator from 2005-2007 and last held an NFL job from 2008-2009, when he was the Cowboys defensive line coach.

Meanwhile, a league source has refuted a report by The Oregonian asserting that former Oregon assistant athletic director James Harris will join the organization as an assistant general manager. While Harris will likely join the Eagles, the source said he will not have that title or be involved in personnel decisions. According to The Oregonian, Harris helped develop nutrition and conditioning plans for players at Oregon.

E-mail Geoff Mosher at gmosher@comcastsportsnet.com

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