Eagles Have Requested Permission to Interview 49ers' Robert Saleh

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Jets flying in 49ers DC Robert Saleh for second HC interview 

And if this hire happens for the Jets, obviously, it would be the first head coach hire made.

The Eagles are replacing Doug Pederson, whom they fired on Monday, as the Jets work to replace Gase.

Of all the open jobs, the Eagles' opening might be the least attractive.

Saleh, the 49ers' defensive coordinator, is heading to Philadelphia to meet with Eagles brass, according to NFL Network. San Francisco managed to remain competitive on a weekly basis despite playing with plenty of backups, and a large part of the credit is due to Saleh, whose fiery nature makes him a favorite of broadcast cameras. Six of the seven coach-needy teams are interested in him, with the Texans being the exception.

Saleh, who interviewed with the Jets last week, seems to have left an impression with the NY brass.

Meanwhile, Douglas still has the ability to meet with more candidates in person, and it appears he will do that, as Saleh heads to Philadelphia.

ESPN reported Tuesday morning the Eagles requested to interview Saleh, who is one of the more sought-after candidates of this coaching cycle.

Only candidates who aren't involved in the playoffs can now be interviewed in person (and also be hired immediately).

The New York Jets are wasting no time in their hunt for the squad's next head coach. That would include Carolina offensive coordinator Joe Brady, Indianapolis defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus, former Cincinnati coach Marvin Lewis and Tennessee offensive coordinator Arthur Smith. In 2013, the team hired OR coach Chip Kelly to replace Andy Reid.

Saleh has been a hot commodity this offseason. Smith has interest from all seven coach-needy teams. He previously met virtually with the Jets, Atlanta Falcons, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Los Angeles Chargers.

Riley's name has popped up in the past as an interesting name for National Football League teams.

The first interview with the New York Jets must have gone well because the team has narrowed its list of head-coaching candidates, and San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh's name is on it.

The Eagles also plan to interview their running backs coach, Duce Staley.

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