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Bruce Arians not meeting with Eagles Tuesday
Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, one of the hotter head coach candidates, isn’t meeting with the Philadelphia Eagles Tuesday, according to a league source.
Arians was scheduled to first meet with the Bears Sunday in either Chicago or Indianapolis then head to San Diego to visit with the Chargers Monday. But I’ve received no confirmation that Arians actually met with the Bears, and his interview with the Chargers was reportedly moved to Wednesday to accommodate a Monday interview with Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy.
So what’s going on?
That’s not entirely clear. But Arians has been one of the more quoted candidates, doing a range of interviews. It doesn’t appear, though, that anyone has quoted him in the last couple of days.
The belief was that Arians may have favored the Bears and Chargers because of the quality of players, especially the potential of the quarterbacks. And he’s talked about the importance of having a strong working relationship with the general manager, highlighting the respect he has for Colts general manager Ryan Grigson and Tom Telesco, who just left the Colts to take over as GM of the Chargers.
The Eagles, meanwhile, reportedly have unnerved some candidates because of the presence of Howie Roseman. CBS Sports said Roseman — the general manager who doesn’t have a personnel background — could be scaring off candidates in Philadelphia.
Arians and McCoy seem to be the two hottest candidates with the five NFL clubs looking for a head coach. So when a club goes all-in on one, it’ll likely trigger a domino effect.
As for the Bears, it was a relatively quiet day, although several league sources suggested to me that they expected Marc Trestman to be a finalist, if not the favorite to land the job. Ultimately, though, general manager Phil Emery is the only one who knows currently tops his list.