Black Monday hasn't yet arrived in the NFL, but since the Philadelphia Eagles already fired Chip Kelly, we get news early. According to a report by ESPN's Dianna Marie Russini, the Eagles will interview Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase for their head coaching vacancy this week:
Adam Gase will interview in Philly & Miami in a few days. Also told once Pettine is let go, Gase will interview in Cleveland per sources— Dianna Marie Russini (@diannaESPN) January 4, 2016
This move shouldn't come as a surprise. Gase is perhaps the hottest name on the coaching market this year. This jives with a recent report by ProFootballTalk that said the Eagles would be one of at least three teams who would pursue Gase.
Gase's name first grabbed national attention in 2014 thanks to his work with Peyton Manning. After the Broncos fired their coaching staff last season, Gase interviewed for a handful of coaching vacancies, but ultimately followed former Denver head coach John Fox to Chicago. Though the Bears finished 6-10 and were largely a nonfactor this season, Gase has been credited with helping quarterback Jay Cutler achieve career numbers. Here's what our own Brandon Lee Gowton said about Gase recently:
The 37-year-old Gase has drawn interest as a head coaching candidate in recent years due to his work with Peyton Manning in Denver. Gase is now the Bears' offensive coordinator and he's seemingly done a nice job working with Jay Cutler. Chicago's offense ranks 10th overall by Football Outsiders.
Technically, the Eagles will be able to hire Gase as soon as Monday, as the Bears' season, like the Eagles', is now officially over. But don't expect this to be so simple - there are already reports that the Eagles will have interest in Saints head coach (and former Eagles quarterbacks coach) Sean Payton, should he be released from his contract with the New Orleans Saints.