The Eagles may be nearing the end of their coaching search. At least, that’s what it sounds like.
Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase interviewed with the Eagles on Tuesday and apparently impressed. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Eagles asked Gase to return for a second interview this weekend.
Recent developments in this story have made it seem that Gase is the Eagles top choice for the head coaching position.
Gase was scheduled to interview with Cleveland on Wednesday and has an interview with Miami on Thursday. This is the first snag in the potential hiring.
Adam Schefter was on 97.5 The Fanatic on Wednesday morning with Anthony Gargano and said that the Eagles are trying to show due diligence in the process, but don’t want to miss out on Gase.
“I think that the Eagles are in a situation here where, if it weren’t for their past, it wouldn’t surprise me if they would have already made a play to hire Adam Gase,” Schefter said. “I think what’s going on there is the fact that they rushed to hire Chip Kelly. And I think they don’t believe they spent enough time with him and got to know him as well as they should.
“What you’re wrestling with here is that you’re trying to move quickly on a candidate before somebody else does while still making sure that you have a very good handle on the type of person he is and the coach he would be. They don’t want to make that same mistake that they did last time, but they don’t want to lose a guy they really like.”
You can listen to the full interview here.
With the Eagles sounding very interested in Gase, the Miami Dolphins are expected to make a big push to hire the Bears coordinator tomorrow, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports. Clearly, the Dolphins are insistent upon making sure Gase doesn’t make it back to Philly for a second interview.
As Schefter said on 97.5, there is no way to truly know what a team is thinking. But perhaps the Eagles will try to prevent the interview in Miami from even taking shape.
So the Eagles appear to have indicated, at least with the second interview confirmed for Gase, that he is one of, it not the top candidate. Miami appears to also be feeling the pressure of having him get away as well. Their stances appears to be that if Gase makes it to that second interview in Philadelphia, he’s going to coach the Eagles.
In the meantime, the Eagles are scheduled to interview New York Giants offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo on Thursday.
A lot is expected to happen in the coming days. Continue to keep checking back to Eagledelphia for more updates on the coaching search.
Kevin Durso is managing editor for Eagledelphia. Follow him on Twitter @Kevin_Durso.