Report: Gus Bradley, Eagles Unable to Reach Deal

Update – January 15th, 8:13AM

The Eagles search, ostensibly, carries on. Adam Schefter, NFL Insider for ESPN, has reported that Gus Bradley is leaving the Eagles without a contract and is headed to Jacksonville to meet with them about their head coaching vacancy.

With Mike McCoy signing in San Diego, it seems the top candidates are now Ken Whisenhunt, Bradley, and Brian Billick. Many Eagles fans have been pushing for Bradley, and it is frustrating to see the Eagles come up empty once again.

Nothing is set in stone, but the Eagles will have to wait at least another day to announce their next head coach.

Update – January 14th, 11:27 PM

Looks like nothing is official as of Tuesday night. CSNPhilly’s Reuben Frank has reported that any report of a deal is premature, and that Bradley’s interview went well. While the two sides are still feeling each other out, there is a strong sentiment he will be their next coach.

It seems as though Bradley is interested, and he will likely tour the facility again tomorrow and they will try and hammer out a deal tomorrow night.


Update – January 14th, 10:34 PM

AP’s Rob Maaddi has given another conflicting report, saying that the Eagles and Bradley have not reached an agreement.

It seemed the two sides were very close, and there is no information yet on whether a deal has been signed.

Be sure to follow the situation closely by following us on Twitter @KhandymanSports and checking this article frequently. We’ll have updates.


The Philadelphia Eagles coaching search, reportedly, has come to an end with the Gus Bus making its final stop in the City of Brotherly Love. Per Paul Novak of Seattle Sports Central, the Eagles have hired Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley to be the team’s 21st head coach.

Howard Eskin of 94WIP also mentioned a deal being finalized between the two sides today:

If those reports are indeed true, the terms of the contract have not yet been released.

Bradley has been one of the team’s top targets all along. Despite them seeming interested in Brian Billick, Jay Gruden, Ken Whisenhunt, and Mike McCoy, it seems their interest in a person to turn the defense around and demand effort from his players exceeded all.

Bradley took one of the worst defenses in 2009 and made it one of the best this season; the Seahawks defense allowed only 15.3 points per game, best in the league. In fact, they were one of the biggest reasons for Seattle’s impressive 11-5 season; not only was Bradley an excellent schemer, but his ability to develop defensive talent is impressive. The names Brandon Mebane, Bruce Irvin, Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, and Bobby Wagner come to mind. Let’s hope he can do the same thing with the Eagles young defense.

This is news is refreshing for Eagles fans. For weeks the team has been close to hiring several different people but still the process has been prolonged. Knowing who will be running the team for at least the next several years is comforting and it will be interesting to see who the defensively-minded Bradley selects to be his next offensive coordinator. Names like Norv Turner come to mind.


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Categories: Beat Writing, Eagles

Author:Manav Khandelwal

I am the founder of Khandyman Sports, and follow all Philadelphia pro sports teams religiously. I also write for the Hoop76, covering the Sixers for ESPN, and am a credentialed Flyers reporter for Main Line Media News.

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