Eagles Meeting With Gus Bradley Ends

Word came down around 10 o’clock Tuesday night that the Eagles’ meeting with Seattle defensive coordinator Gus Bradley had come to a close. And while fans all around the Delaware Valley awaited a verdict, one has yet to be delivered.

Bradley arrived in Philadelphia around 2:30 Tuesday afternoon and was taken by an Eagles’ employee to meet once again with Jeffrey Lurie, Howie Roseman and team president Don Smolenski. If the meeting ended around the time that the media were notified, it could have lasted upwards of seven hours.

While several reports through the day indicated a deal was imminent, sources maintained that no decision had been made and the Eagles were looking at this sit-down as a continuation from Saturday’s interview, which was just a couple hours, given that Bradley and his Seahawks had to play in a divisional playoff game against the Falcons the next day.

Bradley is reportedly scheduled to meet with the Jaguars Wednesday.

Will the Eagles let him leave Philadelphia?

To be determined. This much we know: While the public drumbeat grew louder for the “Gus Bus” to get its own parking spot at One NovaCare Way, the rest of the candidates had not been informed as of late Tuesday night to look elsewhere for work. The Eagles have been publicly tied to 12 candidates during this coaching search. It is altogether possible that they also had some clandestine meetings as well.

Of those 12, Brian Billick, Jay Gruden, Mike Nolan, Ken Whisenhunt, Lovie Smith and Bradley are the only reasonable possibilities in all likelihood. Bruce Arians may have been on that list earlier today, but a league source indicated that he is now off the Eagles’ radar. Nolan has said that he would like to stay in Atlanta, but theoretically that could change.

Whisenhunt was a late addition to the party, interviewing on Monday — the same day as Jay Gruden. He did well enough to vault past Billick, per sources, and is a candidate worth at least keeping an eye on if Bradley turns out not to be the guy. Smith’s name hasn’t been mentioned much since his interview, but he also has not been publicly discounted.

Will it be Bradley? Perhaps a late surprise?

The answer hasn’t revealed itself quite yet.

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  • GusBradley’s Mustache

    If they get it done tonight, all the talk about them leading a confused lost coaching search ends. It just looks like they were waiting for the coach they really wanted and went out and got him as soon as they could. It also erases all the stories about how Howie scares off credible candidates.

  • listless in lancaster

    it doesn’t feel like any coach will be the right one…just like the presidential election.

  • Graham

    I can’t take this suspense

  • Jason

    Respect the decision to bring in a Defensive guy. But lets be honest, Jon Gruden is the ideal coach. He took time off to analyze the game… To clear his head and whatnot. Us Philly birds want wins and not players who will quit on us. Great article.

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  • hillbillybirdsfan

    The wait might not be over yet but it will be soon. Gus has the JAX interview tomorrow. If he cancels that meeting then that’s that. Either way we’ll know pretty early tomorrow.

  • I think this is all part of a desperate plot. The guy they wanted most didn’t want them. Now we are playing cast to a group that is unimpressive on their resumes, with the exception of Lovie Smith and Billick.

    Personally, this Bradley has shown me nothing to suggest he’s worth much fuss. When he or his defense had the opportunity to make a statement in the playoffs, they crapped out. I seen the Eagle over the last two years continuously come up short on defense in the very same fashion.

    • Phil Perspective

      If Billick was such an offensive genius why the failed Kyle Boller experiment? That is what ultimately cost Billick his job.