The Eagles are one of three teams who intend to interview Penn State's Bill O'Brien to be their next head coach, according to Dave Jones of the Harrisburg Patriot News. The Cleveland Browns and Arizona Cardinals also plan to meet with O'Brien about their head coaching vacancies.
Additionally, the Eagles will meet with Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy in Denver, a team source has confirmed. The Eagles haven't officially arranged a meeting time yet, the source added, but "the plan is to see him."Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.comfirst reported the Eagles' interest in McCoy.
It would take a kings ransom -- possibly as much as 19 million, according to FoxSports -- to buy O'Brien out of his current contract. OBrien, 43, brought the progressive, two-tight end offense he architected as the New England Patriots offensive coordinator to Penn State and turned quarterback Matt McGloin from an inaccurate, weak-armed former walk-on into the schools all-time leader in single-season completions, attempts and yards -- in just one year. He won Big Ten Coach of the Year and guided Penn State to an 8-4 record despite losing a handful of starters to transfer.
The Patriot News reports that Penn State is preparing an offer to keep O'Brien in Happy Valley, perhaps in the form of a salary increase.
McCoy has also reportedly drawn interest from the Cardinals, Bears and Bills. His agent is Bob Lamonte, who also represents Eagles general manager Howie Roseman and former Eagles coach Andy Reid.
McCoy, 40, has served as offensive coordinator in Denver under head coach John Fox since 2009 after spending nine years on Foxs staff in Carolina. Denver went 13-3 this season and earned the top seed for the AFC playoffs. Coordinators for playoff teams can interview only during bye weeks.
The Broncos have appeared in the playoffs in each of the past two years with two different quarterbacks and two entirely different offensive philosophies.
Last year, McCoy redesigned the Broncos offense on the fly to a read-option scheme that catered to Tim Tebows strengths and Denver won the AFC West and went two rounds deep into the postseason.
This past season, McCoy again revamped the offense after the team acquired Peyton Manning, who missed the entire 2011 season to recover from neck surgery. Manning became the third different quarterback to pass for 3,000 yards under McCoys guidance, joining Jake Delhomme and Kyle Orton.
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