The Philadelphia Eagles met with their leading head coaching candidate, Gus Bradley for about six hours on Tuesday afternoon and into night at owner Jeffrey Lurie’s Wynnewood mansion. The meeting started at about 3:30 or 4pm and wrapped up at 10pm last night. There have been no reports of a deal being consummated between the two parties, so the search for a head coach continues for the Eagles.
There’s no word yet, what the hold up is or where exactly the talks stand right now. Their meeting yesterday was a continuation of their abbreviated meeting which occurred last Saturday in Atlanta, a day before Bradley’s Seahawks would lose to the Atlanta Falcons in a NFC playoff game.
The Seattle defensive coordinator had a Wednesday meeting scheduled with the Jacksonville Jaguars and whether he goes to the meeting or not could tell us something. If he goes to that meeting it will definitely confirm that the Birds have no deal with him. The coach may have promised the Jags that he would at least talk to them before signing with the Eagles, but it could also mean that a deal with the Eagles isn’t in his future.
Should Bradley have the meeting with the Jags and strike up a deal with their organization, the Birds would have to decide which direction they’re going to head after recent talks with former NFL coaches Ken Whisenhunt, Brian Billick, and Lovie Smith. I could see them setting up an interview with San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman because he’s rumored to be the number one target of the Jaguars, but that could mean waiting until after the Super Bowl to sign a head coach.
The Birds were supposed to interview Indianapolis offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, but the meeting hasn’t taken place, so I could see them scheduling that meeting.
I don’t think the Eagles front office brass or the fan base would relish not having a head coach in place until February. They would have to hold off the local media and the Eagles fan base quite a while if they decide to wait that long.
The Bears have their guy in Marc Trestman, former head coach of the Montreal Alouettes and previously offensive coordinator of the San Francisco 49ers and the Oakland Raiders, when Rich Gannon was the 202 NFL Player of the Year and the Raiders went to the Super Bowl. He led the Alouettes to the Grey Cup up in Canada in 2009 and 2010.
The pressure has to be rising on the Eagles front office, but they must ignore it and focus on hiring somebody they believe will be a great head coach. They’ll be criticized now, but in the end everything will workout as long as the new head coach is successful and that means winning a Super Bowl in the near future.
They should ignore the media and get the right guy, but it’s going to take a lot of courage to do that, even if it means waiting another week or two to get their man.