Despite reports that he would be interviewed by the Cleveland Browns this week, Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg appears to be out of the running for their vacant coaching position.

Pat Shurmur, St. Louis' offensive coordinator and a former Eagles quarterbacks coach, has emerged as the leading candidate and could be close to a deal, according to various reports.

As of Wednesday, the Eagles had yet to receive paperwork from teams seeking permission to interview their assistant coaches.

Mornhinweg was considered a hot commodity this season after quarterback Michael Vick blossomed under his tutelage. Mornhinweg worked under Browns president Mike Holmgren in Green Bay.

But Shurmur also has ties to Holmgren. His uncle, Fritz, was Holmgren's defensive coordinator with the Packers. The Browns also reportedly interviewed Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey and Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell.

If Shurmur gets the Cleveland job, that would leave only Denver and Oakland with openings for head coaches.

Vick honored. Vick was named comeback player of the year by the Sporting News. Vick was not named an all-pro by the publication, but Eagles cornerback Asante Samuel and kicker David Akers made the team, which was selected by NFL players, coaches, and executives.

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