Lovie Smith to Interview with Philadelphia

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By Vaughn McClure, Tribune reporter2:02 p.m. CST, January 8, 2013

Bypassed by Buffalo, former Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith is back in the mix for another NFL head-coaching opportunity.

The Philadelphia Eagles announced Tuesday that they will interview Smith on Thursday as they continue their coaching search. Andy Reid was fired after the season and is now the head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs.

Smith, who was fired after the Bears finished 10-6 and missed the playoffs, interviewed with the Bills last week, but that job went to former Syracuse coach Doug Marrone. The San Diego Chargers reportedly expressed a desire to interview Smith as well, and Smith wanted to get into the mix for the Arizona Cardinals opening.

The Eagles have a long list of candidates that includes Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley and Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden, all of whom are scheduled for interviews.

The team already has interviewed Atlanta Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan, Falcons special teams coach Keith Armstrong, and Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy. The Eagles reportedly had an interest in Chip Kelly, who remained at Oregon.

Bears general manager Phil Emery is scheduled to interview Arians this week and already has interviewed both McCoy and Armstrong.

Smith was hired by the Bears in 2004 and posted an 81-63 record with three division titles, two NFC Championship games, and one Super Bowl appearence.

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