The Philadelphia Eagles head coaching search has continued with plenty of twists and turns, including a revelation that the team interviewed broadcaster Brian Billick last week.
On Monday, the team interviewed Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden and former Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt.
Just how much wider would the net be cast on this coaching search? With Monday’s interviews, the known total of candidates to whom the team had met reached a total of 11.
Then came news that perhaps the Eagles were closing in on their man . Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley will be in Philadelphia via a private jet send by the Birds for his second interview with Jeffrey Lurie and co. on Tuesday. Fox 29′s Howard Eskin reports that Bradley is town to finalize a deal. We’ll have to see about that, but as Bradley is the only candidate to meet with the team a second time it certainly is a sign of strong interest, after first meeting with him on Saturday in Atlanta.
Could the search be almost over with the Eagles securing one of the strongest candidates of the bunch?
The 46-year old Bradley now has nothing but time as the Seahawks lost to the Falcons on Sunday. Under Bradley, Seattle defense finished fourth in overall defense, sixth in passing defense and 10th against the run in the 2012 season. And if his work doesn’t speak for itself, the endorsements of the Seahawks coordinator are universally strong. He is clearly a great defensive mind, a great communicator with great energy who has immense presence. It’s said that he commands a room.
DE Darryl Tapp played with Bradley for a season in Seattle and told CSNPhilly that he brings “energy and accountability” to a team. He continued that Bradley will call out players regardless of paygrade.
On a roster full of talent that quit time and time again on the defensive side of the ball, that certainly seems like needed motivation for the Eagles.
Could this be our man?