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NFL roundup: Eagles reportedly interviewed Billick

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With several NFL teams continuing their search for a head coach, a new name entered the list of potential candidates: Brian Billick.

The Philadelphia Eagles reportedly interviewed Billick, the former head coach of the Baltimore Ravens who did the TV commentary for Sunday's playoff game between the Seattle Seahawks and Atlanta Falcons.

The meeting took place last Monday, according to ESPN.com.

Billick is one of eight candidates who have talked with the Eagles since Andy Reid was fired on Dec. 31 after a 4-12 season. One of those was Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly, who said Saturday that he is staying with the Irish.

The Eagles are expected to interview Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden on Monday and Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Gruden interviewed Sunday for the San Diego Chargers' head-coaching vacancy. The Chargers have also interviewed former Arizona Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt and former Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith.

Gruden, who interviewed last week with the Cardinals, is scheduled to talk with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Eagles this week.

At least two more teams are interesting in speaking with Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, who previously interviewed with the Eagles.

The Arizona Cardinals are expected to pursue McCoy now that the Broncos' season is over, two sources told the NFL Network. Meanwhile, McCoy is arranging an interview with the Chargers, USA Today reported.

--The Cleveland Browns appear to be close to hiring two assistant coaches with ties to the Chargers as their coordinators.

Former Chargers head coach Norv Turner looks to be the choice as the Browns' offensive coordinator, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, which also reported that Chargers defensive coordinator John Pagano could be in line to guide the Browns' defense.

The Kansas City Chiefs also were interested in speaking with Pagano after new head coach Andy Reid came on board, but the Chiefs subsequently hired New York Jets linebackers coach Bob Sutton as their defensive coordinator.

The Chiefs plan to interview fired New York Jets offensive coordinator Tony Sparano for the offensive line job, according to ESPN.

--The Oakland Raiders interviewed Mark Martz for their offensive coordinator job and Juan Castillo for their offensive line opening, according to reports.

The Raiders also have had discussions with NFL executive vice president of operations Ray Anderson about the possibility of him taking an executive front office position with the Raiders, ESPN.com reported.

--The Ravens' overtime victory over the Broncos on Saturday night drew the highest ratings for an AFC divisional playoff game since 1994.

The preliminary national rating had 20.1 percent of households in the United States tuned into the game, an increase of 9 percent over the Saturday AFC divisional game the previous year between the New England Patriots and Denver in prime time.

It also was CBS' most watched Saturday divisional playoff game on record since 1987 with 35.5 million viewers.

--Patriots Pro Bowl tight end Rob Gronkowski left Sunday's divisional playoff game against the Texans in the first quarter with a left arm injury.

Gronkowski landed on his left elbow and wrist trying to make a catch on the sideline and immediately exited the game.

He missed five games in the regular season with a broken right forearm.

--NFL teams are interested in former USC defensive tackle Armond Armstead, who is playing with the Canadian Football League's Toronto Argonauts.

Armstead started 17 games in three seasons with the Trojans from (2008-10), recording 59 tackles. He visited the New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles and Colts last week, and may speak to more before deciding where to sign.

--Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt was believed to be at the scene of a stabbing incident that resulted in injuries to his brother Saturday night.

Police in New Jersey said Sunday that Britt was being sought as part of the investigation. Authorities reported he was uncooperative when questioned about the incident as he dropped his brother off for attention at Jersey City Medical Center early Sunday morning.
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