Former Bears coach Lovie Smith will interview with the Philadelphia Eagles for their vacancy Thursday, the team announced.
The Eagles were reportedly very interesting in landing Oregon coach Chip Kelly. But Kelly opted -- for the second offseason in a row -- to remain at Oregon after a flirtation with the NFL. Last year, he was close to becoming the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs, though, ended up hiring Greg Schiano from Rutgers.
The Eagles also were interested in Penn State coach Bill O'Brien and Syracuse coach Doug Marrone. But O'Brien elected to remain at Penn State, and Marrone was introduced as the Buffalo Bills head coach Monday. Smith also interviewed with the Bills.
The Eagles search seems to focus more on pro assistants. They've already interviewed several, including Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy.