Coaching Buzz: McCoy To Chargers; More Suitors For Bradley?

Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy is accepting the San Diego Chargers head-coaching job, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The Eagles interviewed McCoy early in the process, but did not appear to be interested in him after the meeting.

There is, however, a domino effect here. The Chargers had interviewed Gus Bradley before the Eagles. He obviously will not be headed to San Diego now. The Jaguars have scheduled an interview with Bradley on Wednesday, according to Schefter. Of course, if the Eagles and Bradley agree to terms today, he’ll never make that trip.

It’s important to see where the chips fall around the league in terms of coordinators also. Assuming McCoy to San Diego, if the Eagles hire Bradley, that would only leave three jobs remaining: Arizona, Jacksonville and Chicago. The Bears are down to three finalists, according to Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times: Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and Montreal Alouettes (CFL) head coach Marc Trestman.

According to one report, Trestman has interviewed with the Raiders for their offensive coordinator position.

The Cardinals were also interested in McCoy, but now will have to come up with an alternative. That could be defensive coordinator Ray Horton. If Horton doesn’t land the Cardinals head-coaching job, he could stay in Arizona and continue to run the defense. Or he could be available for other teams.

According to Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com, Ken Whisenhunt could end up replacing McCoy as the Broncos’ offensive coordinator. Whisenhunt had drawn interest from the Eagles, Bills, Chargers and Browns for their head-coaching gigs.

Lovie Smith interviewed with the Bills, Eagles and Chargers. He, too, may have to settle for a coordinator position if he wants a job in the league next season.

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  • docboy

    alright Roseman and Lurie….the music has stopped.. grab Gus before somebody else do….

    • Graham

      Yup, suspense is killing me……. lets go lets go fans want him he’s the energy we need. He will be able to maximize potential out of this extremely talented young group the eagles have. I bet Gus is excited at the opportunity with this D, he’s probably excited to clean up the secondary too because that’s really all that needs significant work!!!!! LETS GOOOO

      • UKEagle99

        I’m all for Gus but to say only the secondary needs significant work is wishful thinking. Our offence was very poor. Yes we will get some pieces back on the OLine but there is likely to be a scheme change, will they adapt? Kelce? Is Watkins viable, maybe more so in a new scheme but who knows… QB is also a big ? We also likely need a big possession receiver. I think Gus is a good choice, if it does come off I am very intrigued to see who we pull in as OC/DC.

        • Graham

          Did you see my correction? above… ***All that needs significant work on the D*** since that is where Gus will specialize. I agree with everything you just said about the O…. Oline and QB are big question marks…. hopefully Gus can bring in an OC that has a bunch of expertise and can really take control of that side of the ball.

          • UKEagle99

            I definitely agree re the secondary, it needs a good kick up the **** no-one with any identity back there. The DLine obviously lacked pressure at times and sacks were few and far between, takeaways were… well awful…

            Are we saying the best unit on the D was the linebackers?? Never thought I’d say that!

            DC is less of a concern if Gus is hands on with it, I guess he’d hire a previous asst, LB coach or similar. OC will become more key and there I’m hoping Howie isn’t thinking Morhinwheg… who out there is a viable candidate for OC? It’s not likely to be an existing OC…

          • Graham

            Lol I’D still say Dline is the strongest with cox tcole graham… LBs did look good this year especially when mychal went to weakside… I like demeco and mychal there just need to get someone at strong side… and OC completely agreed Gus will hopefully bring an assistant to help implement a new D aand be DC then eagles have to find a good OC that Gus would get along with… and like you said doubtful it would be an existing one… cam cameron? hue Jackson? few ex ones are options there

        • Graham

          I think Mathis, Peters, Kelce, Herremans will be able to adapt, Watkins or a replacement who knows.

        • 1972

          The players that i didnt get a good vibe from all season were:

          nnamdi

          watkins

          jenkins

          cole. The 3 defensive players should have been leaders, they were all me guys this year. No heart no comaraderie just guys doing what they wanted. Watkins is in it for the paycheck this guy has zero drive to become a great player. there were more that sucked but mostly because they just werent talented enough.

    • Graham

      ***All that needs significant work on the D

      • hillbillybirdsfan

        Maybe since Andy doesn’t consider safeties important we can get him to trade us Eric Berry for a couple of fastballs and a high-motor to be named later!

    • http://twitter.com/Lez215 Dutch

      Why, what evidence is there Gus Bradley is capable of turning around a flawed team in the NFL? Bradley’s defense wasn’t the primary vehicle that propelled the Seahawks into contention, their rookie Quarterback Wilson was the difference in 2012.

      The Falcons final drive to the winning field goal showed major flaws in the Seahawks scheme. Big Receivers and a Running Game trumped the Seahawks which is an indication that in the Eagles divisions the Seahawks scheme would find trouble.

      • http://julianivey.com/ Julian Ivey

        #1 scoring defense in the league Kal. Check the Seattle’s defensive rise over the last 4 seasons. I’m not sure I’d call what happened on the Falcons last drive “major flaws.”

      • Guy LeDouch

        Because clearly it is better to focus on 18 seconds of one than his defense’s performance over an entire season. Good thing they never had to play any other games against a team with big receivers and a running game.

  • http://twitter.com/Lez215 Dutch

    If the Eagles are now interested in a coach with a defensive minded philosophy, Why would they consider Bradley instead of Lovie Smith? It appears to me Smith has the pedigree to built a stellar defense.

    Why aren’t the defensive stats available to compare between those who interviewed for the Eagles position?

    • LostInChiTown

      Defense yes, overall team – no. I live in Chicago. Multiple bad offensive schemes, years of a terrible and ignored o-line and receivers, plus bad drafts (on offense and defense) are what got Lovie fired. Plus his press conferences might actually be more painful than Reid’s. If he would be our DC, I’d be jumping on my desk for joy, as a HC, not so much.

      • Graham

        Can’t ever see Lovie answering to a first time coach… Hopefully snag an OC from another team or something

    • Graham

      Because Bradley can bring more to the table. His energy, his reputation as stated by Monte Kiffin and Mora Jr….. Better for a fresh start than Lovie I think

  • http://twitter.com/Lez215 Dutch

    How has it been assumed that Gus Bradley is the best defensive candidate left to choose from in this coaching search? I’m not seeing any evidence he is the absolute best candidate contending for the Eagles position.

    I’m not seeing the evidence he has the qualifications to turn a team around. What are some of the assumptions, I see posted based upon?

    The Eagles search for a coach seems more desperate now than anything. I don’t see this Bradley guy following Andy Reid and having the success that Eagles fans have come to expect but I didn’t see that in either O’brien, or any one of the Kellys.

    This search has turned more into a popularity event. .

    • JofreyRice

      I don’t think you’re going to find hard evidence that says: This is the guy. He’s coached very good units to a pretty high degree of success, has some great recommendations, and supposedly, has a very commanding presence.

      It seemed like the Falcons exploited rookie MLB Bobby Wagner on those plays at the end. Still, even though they lost, I like that Bradley did not sit back in prevent, he attacked Ryan with blitzes. Quizz Rogers did a fantastic job of picking them up, and I think Wagner got a little soft/spun around in coverage. You have to like the fact that for the most part, Bradley adjusted from what the Falcons were doing at halftime, and started getting 3 & outs, and at any rate, 30 Seconds at the end of the game doesn’t discount 2 years of solid defense. Wilson makes them special, but the Seahawks resurgence was borne out of their run game & defense. Now how much of that D is on Carroll & how much is on Bradley? I think that’s a fair question…

      Obviously, Lovie Smith has put together some great defenses, too. What I like about Lovie is that his D always figures out ways to create turnovers. You have to admit, though, Lovie’s got his flaws; really never put the kind of focus the Bears needed on OL development. Bringing in a veteran head coach that has never gotten it done, after just replacing one, would be a hard sell to the fanbase. I don’t know that Bradley is being touted as being “better than Lovie” from a purely defensive standpoint, I think the hope is that he has the kind of dynamic personality to lead all facets of the franchise to success. We’ll see.

    • Guy LeDouche

      What evidence was there that Andy Reid would be better than Ray Rhodes?