NFL Rumors: Is Josh McDaniels one of two finalists for Eagles' coaching job?

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Is Josh McDaniels one of two finalists for Eagles' HC job? originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

The Philadelphia Eagles appear to be narrowing their head coach search, and Josh McDaniels is still in the picture.

The New England Patriots offensive coordinator has been reported as one of the top candidates to land the Eagles job after an extensive interview with Philly over the weekend.

But McDaniels faces stiff competition in Eagles running backs coach Duce Staley, 94WIP's Howard Eskin reports.

"I hear it is most likely going to come down to Josh McDaniels or Duce Staley," Eskin said Tuesday on 94WIP.

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According to Eskin, Philly's decision may depend on whether general manager Howie Roseman or owner Jeffrey Lurie gets their way.

"Howie really likes Josh McDaniels," Eskin said. " ... Jeffrey Lurie is not quite at that point and the interview with Duce Staley, from what I was told, really went well. Jeffrey Lurie has also received quite a few text messages from players who are in support of Duce Staley."

Staley has deep ties to the Eagles: He spent seven of his 10 NFL seasons in Philly as a talented running back and just completed his 10th season as an assistant coach for the club. And while McDaniels seemingly has the support of Roseman, it sounds like Lurie is currently leaning toward Staley.

"In Duce’s interview he was very thorough, had some good ideas for coaches, especially offensive and defensive coordinators, both from the pros and from college," Eskin added. "He has got guys from what I understand he has talked to if he gets the job. He is prepared. From what I understand that has impressed Jeffrey Lurie."

Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio reported Tuesday that Lurie still isn't sold on McDaniels. So, if the buck stops with him, Roseman will need to convince his boss that McDaniels is the right man for the job -- or the offensive coordinator likely will be back for another season with the Patriots.