The Philadelphia Eagles made an interesting and unexpected move on Wednesday by hiring Oregon’s Chip Kelly to become the head coach to replace Andy Reid. Kelly had let it be known last week that he decided against leaving Oregon for the Eagles, but changed his tone on Wednesday accepting the job and officially making the jump to the NFL.
With the Eagles’ job off the table and the Chicago Bears hiring Marc Trestman to be their new head coach taking over for the recently fired Lovie Smith, the high-profile coaching vacancies in the NFL are no longer available.
Now the candidates left looking for an NFL head coaching job will have to settle for teams either in rebuilding mode or nowhere near playoff contender status. One of those jobs is in Jacksonville with Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley reportedly headed south to interview for the vacant head coaching position of the Jaguars according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter:
Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley is traveling Wednesday from Philadelphia to Jacksonville to interview for the Jaguars’ coaching job, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
After helping lead the Seahawks to a 11-5 record while clinching a playoff berth in the NFC, Bradley became a popular name on the open market for potential head coaches. With so many positions opening up due to firing around the league, Bradley was asked to interview for many different teams over the past few weeks.
Unfortunately, Bradley has been passed over by many of the most desirable positions in Chicago and Philadelphia. The up-and-coming defensive coordinator may have to settle for starting from the bottom up in Jacksonville with new general manager David Caldwell that intends on making changes immediately and turning around the struggling NFL franchise.
The offense in Jacksonville has been a big problem over the past few years with the team solely leaning on perennial Pro Bowler Maurice Jones-Drew, but the play on that side of the football started to improve late in the season and a better defense with Bradley at the helm will be welcome addition following his success in Seattle.