By ZACH BERMAN
For those who want Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley to be the next Eagles coach -- and judging by my inbox and Twitter feed, there are many fans on that bandwagon -- the best news might have been the Falcons' 30-28 win over the Seahawks. That frees up Bradley to be hired by an interested team, and the Eagles and Chargers right now appear to be the interested teams.
One's judgment of Bradley should not be weighed by Sunday's game, though, even though the Seahawks surrendered a last-minute lead. For one, two passes in the fourth quarter of a road game against one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL is too small of a sample size to form any type of judgment. Also, it counters the very reasons a coach should be considered. Bradley oversaw the best scoring defense in the NFL this season, but that would be a foolish reason to hire him. Every season, top coordinators are hired by NFL teams. Every season, former top coordinators are fired by NFL teams.
The reason to hire a coach is for characteristics that go beyond scheme and stats -- what's his short-term, mid-term, and long-term plan; how does he lead a team; how innovative are his ideas; how well can he run a staff; how does he deal with problems in the locker room; how does he represent the team. When the coach is inside the building, he needs to hire skilled coordinators and strong coaches, and that's when scheme matters. (Of course, a good quarterback is also imperative.)