By Peter Gleason
The Eagles fired coach Chip Kelly 11 days ago and their search for a replacement seems to have come down to Adam Gase (above) and Doug Pederson.
At least that’s what a league source has told NJ.com’s Mark Eckel, who has a reliable network of NFL execs to rely on for info.
“I think Gase is still their top choice,” the source with knowledge of the Eagles thinking, but who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak on the subject, said. “But Pederson is right there. I think it’s one of those two, unless someone comes completely out of the blue.”
The Eagles interviewed Gase, Tuesday, and are scheduled to interview Pederson, Sunday a day after the Chiefs play the Houston Texans in the AFC wild card game.
Gase has also interviewed with the Miami Dolphins, the Cleveland Browns and the Giants and is deciding which team fits him best. According to reports he has emerged as the Dolphins’ top choice as well.
It could come down to him deciding between the Eagles and the Dolphins.
“That’s a tough choice,” the source said. “There are pros and cons on both sides. One thing in the Eagles’ favor is New England isn’t in their division.”
There may not be that drama with Pederson, who as of this point is not scheduled to interview with any of the other teams looking for a head coach.
“There’s Andy (Reid) and there’s familiarity on his side,” the source said of Pederson. “(The Eagles) know him. He played there; he coached there.”
Pederson quarterbacked the Eagles in 1999 and was an assistant coach under Reid from 2009-12. The last Eagles head coach who played for the team was Marion Campbell.
Ben McAdoo, who also interviewed with the Giants, interviewed Thursday with the Eagles; and Pat Shurmur, who was the Eagles interim head coach for a game, interviewed, Monday.
They’re both under consideration, but are believed to be behind Gase and Pederson.
“McAdoo came across very well from what I hear,” a source said. “He’s not out entirely, but he’s third. I think Shurmur is the fall back option.”