Report: Eagles spurned on two more GM interviews

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Two more NFL executives that were targeted to fill the Eagles’ personnel executive vacancy reportedly didn’t interview.

Packers director of college scouting Brian Gutenkunst and Ravens director of college scouting Joe Hortiz were either denied by their teams an opportunity an interview with head coach Chip Kelly or just weren’t interested in the job, according to a Pro Football Talk report Wednesday night.

CSNPhilly.com has reported that the job is viewed skeptically by league personnel executives because it doesn’t offer final say and because of the perceived friction between Kelly and executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman.

Some believe the power struggle that took place between Kelly and Roseman creates an uncomfortable environment that could eventually prompt Kelly to return to college and restore Roseman’s power.

Team chairman Jeffrey Lurie shook up the front office after the season to give Kelly full authority on personnel decisions and the power to hire a personnel executive who would take the place of Roseman, who is now responsible for salary cap management and other non-personnel matters.

Other executives who have either turned down an interview or were denied the opportunity are Chiefs director of player personnel Chris Ballard and Buccaneers director of player personnel Jon Robinson.

Seahawks general manager John Schneider on Tuesday told reporters at Super Bowl media day that his director of college scouting, Scott Fitterer, spoke to Kelly but is staying in Seattle.

Packers director of player personnel Eliot Wolf was also reportedly linked to the opening but Green Bay had just promoted him, making him unlikely to leave.

Texans exec Brian Gaine was another candidate but he received a promotion to stay in Houston.

Lions vice president of pro personnel, another reported candidate, declined to comment to CSNPhilly.com last week whether he had or hadn’t interviewed for the opening.

Those who have interviewed, according to sources, are Jags director of pro personnel Chris Polian and Dolphins college scouting director Chris Grier. Eagles assistant director of player personnel Ed Marynowitz is also believed to be a candidate but he told CSNPhilly.com last week that he hadn’t interviewed with Kelly (more on that here).

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