Thursday, December 18, 2014

Gus Bradley has landed in Philadelphia, but is a deal with the Eagles near?

Seattle defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, believed to be the front-runner to replace Andy Reid as Eagles coach, apparently is arriving in Philadelphia around 2:30 this afternoon for his second interview with team officials.

Gus Bradley has landed in Philadelphia, but is a deal with the Eagles near?

Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley (center) stands with other coaches during NFL football practice, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, in Renton, Wash. Bradley is on the the list of possible candidates for the Philadelphia Eagles head coaching job to replace Andy Reid. (Ted S. Warren/AP)
Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley (center) stands with other coaches during NFL football practice, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, in Renton, Wash. Bradley is on the the list of possible candidates for the Philadelphia Eagles head coaching job to replace Andy Reid. (Ted S. Warren/AP)

Seattle defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, believed to be the front-runner to replace Andy Reid as Eagles coach, arrived in Philadelphia around 2:30 this afternoon for his second interview with team officials.

Though Bradley is the only candidate known to have met with the Eagles more than once, a source close to another candidate cautioned that Bradley's initial interview, held the day before the Seahawks exited the playoffs at the hands of the Falcons, was shorter than usual for such meetings, given Bradley's focus on game preparation. So this second meeting might be more than just tying up loose ends in preparation for a deal.

"No decision has been made in Philly yet," the source said.

Eagles defensive end Darryl Tapp played a year for Bradley in Seattle before being traded to the Eagles. Tapp told the Daily News Bradley is "energetic, motivated and a genuinely good dude, knows his stuff.'

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"If hired, he will be a true asset," Tapp said.

Monday, the Eagles interviewed Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt for about 4 hours, then spoke with Cincinnati offensive coordinator Jay Gruden. If the Eagles indeed are close to a decision, as many people around the process believe, Whisenhunt and Bradley seem to be shaping up as the finalists.

The Eagles liked the Whisenhunt interview, a source said, and Whisenhunt very much would like to coach here.

Bradley is scheduled to interview with the Jaguars Wednesday.

Stay tuned.

Les Bowen Daily News Staff Writer
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