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Associated Press
1/14/2013 9:23:03 PM
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PHILADELPHIA -- Add yet another name to the Philadelphia Eagles' list of coaching candidates.

Former Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt interviewed with Philadelphia on Monday morning as the team's search to replace Andy Reid entered its third week.

Seattle Seahawks defensive co-ordinator Gus Bradley is scheduled to return Tuesday for a second interview.

Whisenhunt was dismissed by Arizona on Dec. 31 after six seasons. He led the Cardinals to their only Super Bowl appearance in his second season and Arizona won its second straight NFC West title the following year. But after a 4-0 start this season, the Cardinals lost 11 of their last 12 to finish 5-11 for the second time in three years.

The Eagles also were scheduled to interview Bengals offensive co-ordinator Jay Gruden on Monday, bringing the total number of known candidates to 11. Among those were three high-profile college coaches who decided to stay at their schools. They were Notre Dame's Brian Kelly, Oregon's Chip Kelly and Penn State's Bill O'Brien.

Former Bears coach Lovie Smith interviewed last week. The Eagles previously met with Atlanta assistants Mike Nolan and Keith Armstrong and Denver offensive co-ordinator Mike McCoy.

The team has selectively released information on interviews, so there could be others on the list.

The Eagles interviewed former Ravens coach Brian Billick last Monday, according to a person familiar with the meetings. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team didn't comment on the interview.

Colts offensive co-ordinator Bruce Arians was expected to meet with owner Jeffrey Lurie, general manager Howie Roseman and president Don Smolenski this week, but the team said no date and denied reports a meeting was set up for Tuesday.

The Eagles were granted permission to interview Falcons offensive co-ordinator Dirk Koetter and former Syracuse coach Doug Marrone. Koetter signed an extension to stay in Atlanta and Marrone replaced Chan Gailey in Buffalo.

Whisenhunt was 49-53 in Arizona, including 4-2 in two playoff appearances. The Cardinals lost to Pittsburgh in the Super Bowl following the 2008 season.

A former offensive co-ordinator with the Steelers, Whisenhunt's offence in Arizona fared much better his first three seasons when Kurt Warner was the quarterback.

With Warner, the Cardinals ranked 12th, fourth and 14th in total yards from 2007-09, and seventh, third and 11th in points over that span. They didn't finish higher than 19th in yards and 24th in points in the last three years.

The 50-year-old Whisenhunt began his coaching career as an assistant at Vanderbilt in 1995. He jumped to the NFL after two seasons, joining Ted Marchibroda's staff as tight ends coach in Baltimore in 1997. Whisenhunt spent two seasons with the Ravens, was Cleveland's tight ends coach in 1999 and the New York Jets' special teams coach in 2000. He went to Pittsburgh in 2001, serving as the tight ends coach his first three seasons and offensive co-ordinator the next three.

Reid was fired a day after the Eagles finished 4-12 in his 14th season. He took over for Romeo Crennel in Kansas City.

Ken Whisenhunt (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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