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Eagles coaching rumors: Bruce Arians, Gus Bradley next on Eagles list

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Matthew Stockman

The Eagles have sought and received permission to interview Colts' offensive coordinator Bruce Arians and Seahawks DC Gus Bradley. The two are both coaching this weekend, but can interview for the Eagles head coaching job after the games.

Bruce Arians has rocketed up a number of head coaching lists after he was unexpectedly elevated to head coach of the Colts when Chuck Pagano was diagnosed with Leukemia prior to the start of the season. Arians handled the big job well guiding what was the worst team in the NFL last season to an 11-5 year and a playoff berth. He also helped rookie Andrew Luck to a potential rookie of the year season.

Arians comes with a wealth of experience and credentials even before this past Colts season. He won 2 Super Bowls as the offensive coordinator of the Pittsburgh Steelers from 2007-2011. All told, he has 20 years of NFL experience and was a head coach at Temple for 5 from 1983-1988.

While the 60 year old Arians certainly falls in the old, grizzled veteran category, the 46 year old Gus Bradley is certainly one of the hot, up and coming assistants in the league.

He cut his teeth under Monte Kiffin in Tampa Bay and was hired by Jim Mora Jr. to be the defensive coordinator of the Seahawks in 2009. His hire came after a glowing recommendation from Kiffin.

"Monte says, 'J.L., listen to me. I have got a guy here in Tampa that is one of, if not, the finest football coaches I have ever worked with. He's an A-plus. He's a once-in-a-lifetime coach. You need to talk to him,' " Mora recalled.

"He said, 'J.L., this guy is special. You have to bring him in. You have to talk to him.'

So far, it looks like Kiffin was right. His first season in Seattle wasn't great and Mora was actually fired afterward, but Pete Carroll decided to keep Bradley on as defensive coordinator. Since then. Bradley has steadily built his unit into arguably the best defense in the NFL.

2010 - 368.6 yards (27th in the league), 25.4 points per game (25th).

2011 - 332.2 yards (9th in the league), 19.7 points per game (7th).

2012 - 306.2 yards (4th in the league), 15.3 points per game (1st).

They had 34 takeaways compared to 17 from the Eagles.

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