Eagles Have Eyes For Gus Bradley
The Eagles will bring Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley in for a second interview regarding their head-coaching vacancy on Tuesday.
The FOX broadcast team also revealed during Sunday's broadcast that Bradley plans to interview for two more head-coaching jobs in addition to the Eagles' gig - one of which is the Jacksonville Jaguars job.
That interview with Jacksonville is scheduled to take place "later in the week." Bradley will meet with the Eagles, but if he leaves that interview without the job then he'll head down to Jacksonville.
The Eagles and Bradley met once last on Saturday, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter and he is now the first candidate that will interview for a second time. At this point if he is not the Eagles head coach, many will be surprised after his solid meeting with the team on Saturday. FOX Sports' Jay Glazer described Bradley's initial interview with the Eagles as "great." Some NFL sources believe he is now viewed as the leading candidate in Philadelphia.
The Eagles are looking for a good person, who is a good communicator and motivator. His Seahawk teams have been disciplined, smart, fast and have played with energy. Right now he looks like the clear-cut favorite to be Andy Reid's replacement.
"There's a couple other guys that they're going to bring back, too. But from what I'm hearing – and this thing could close in the next 24 or 48 hours – I think he [Bradley] might have a little bit of the lead," Clayton told 710 ESPN Seattle on Monday. "I know Ken Whisenhunt interviewed today, they're talking to Jay Gruden. But from what I heard, Gus has a very good chance to get that job in Philadelphia."
Bradley's Seahawks were eliminated from the playoffs on Sunday. He's been the Seahawks' defensive coordinator since 2009, and the team's defense allowed a league-low 15.3 points per game this season.
Owner Jeffrey Lurie, general manager Howie Roseman and president Don Smolenski already have interviewed seven candidates since firing Andy Reid on Dec. 31, one day after the team completed a 4-12 season.
The Eagles also will interview Cincinnati Bengalsoffensive coordinator Jay Gruden on Monday.
This is the third time owner Lurie is hiring a new coach since he bought the team from Norman Braman in 1994. He hired Ray Rhodes on Feb. 2, 1995, after a long, exhaustive search that included a flirtation with former Eagles coach Dick Vermeil. Lurie needed less time to hire Reid, giving him the job on Jan. 11, 1999