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Eagles’ front office heads to Atlanta to interview Nolan, Armstrong

Eagles owner Lurie salutes fans before the start of the Eagles' NFL preseason football game against the Baltimore Ravens in Philadelphia

Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie salutes the fans before the start of the Eagles’ NFL preseason football game against the Baltimore Ravens in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, August 11, 2011. REUTERS/Tim Shaffer (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)


The two Falcons assistants planning to interview for the Eagles’ head-coaching vacancy will not have to travel to Philadelphia.

Instead, Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie, President Don Smolenski and General Manager Howie Roseman are currently aboard a flight to Atlanta, where they’ll interview Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan and special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong.

With the Falcons set to host a divisional playoff game next weekend, Nolan and Armstrong still have plenty of work to do this season before they’ll turn their attention to furthering their careers beyond this year, so it makes sense for the Eagles not to expect them to take time out of their travel schedule, especially when the Eagles wanted to talk to all of the Falcons’ coordinators. Atlanta offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter was initially expected to interview with the Eagles as well, but Koetter pulled himself out of contention for any head-coaching jobs today after signing a new contract with the Falcons.

Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy is also expected to interview with the Eagles, and several reports have said the Eagles are interested in Oregon coach Chip Kelly and Penn State coach Bill O’Brien as well.