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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Eagles plan to interview two assistant coaches from the Atlanta Falcons this week for their head coaching vacancy, the team confirmed.
Teams can interview assistants from playoff teams who have byes this week. The Falcons, as the #1 seed in the NFC, do not play until next weekend.
The Eagles will interview Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan, and special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong.
The Eagles had planned to interview offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, but he signed an extension with the Falcons and is unavailable.
The Eagles provided the following updates on all three candidates:
Koetter, 53, joined the Falcons as offensive coordinator this season after five seasons as offensive coordinator for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Prior to that, he was head coach of Arizona State for six seasons. He also has head coaching experience leading Boise State for three seasons from 1998-2000. This year, the Falcons rank eighth in total offense (369.1 yards per game) and seventh in scoring offense (26.2 points per game).
Nolan, 53, joined the Falcons this season after serving two seasons as defensive coordinator for the Miami Dolphins and one season as defensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos. Prior to that, he was the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers for four seasons. The Falcons rank 24th in total defense in 2012, but are fifth in scoring defense with only 18.7 points allowed per game. They are tied for fifth with 20 takeaways on the season (the Eagles finished tied for 30th in 2012 with only eight takeaways).
Armstrong, 47, has coached the Falcons’ special teams since 2008. Prior to that, he was special teams coordinator for the Miami Dolphins from 2001-2007 and special teams coordinator for the Chicago Bears from 1997-2000.
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