With news that Chip Kelly had been named the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles on Wednesday, the trip to Jacksonville for an interview with the Jaguars seemingly became something different for Gus Bradley. That morning he was considered the odds-on favorite in the Philadelphia media to become the new Eagles head coach, by the afternoon his possibilities for the 2013 season are seemingly the defensive coordinator spot in Seattle that he currently owns or the head coaching vacancy of the Jaguars.
On Tuesday, Danny Kelly of SB Nation's Seahawks blog, Field Gulls, provided some insight on the type of coach that Bradley is and what he could offer a team as a head coach:
Bradley has a great resume with the Seahawks after turning a near-league-worst unit into the top scoring defense in the NFL this year -- and from things I've read this week, Bradley isn't just a Pete Carroll marionette when it comes to the schemes, he's the guy creating the gameplan and calling the plays on the sideline, something that has to be impressive for teams interested in his services.
Both Pete Carroll and legendary coach Monte Kiffin speak highly of Bradley, and Kiffin's endorsement of Bradley to Carroll was one of the main reasons that Pete kept Gus onboard once he took over control of the Seahawks.Tommy Lawlor of IgglesBlitz.com talked to Kiffin this week, and Carroll's old mentor, Kiffin, sang Bradley's praises.
"He really is exceptional," Kiffin told Lawlor "You could tell. He's not just a really, really smart coach; he's got a great personality. He connects with the players really well. He reminds me of (Steelers coach) Mike Tomlin. We hired Mike at 29-years-old out of the University of Cincinnati. It didn't take long to know that Mike was special, and I knew from Day 1 that Gus was special. He'll be a head coach in the NFL. He's got no panic. Some people do, it doesn't mean they're not really good coaches, but Gus, he's special. When he interviews, he'll knock your socks off. I'm not trying to pump him up, but I know what he is. He's put it on tape up there."
By most suggestions, the Jaguars are in the market for an offensive-minded head coach, as evidenced by the amount of offensive coordinators interviewed so far; however, Bradley is a very accomplished defensive coordinator who was seemingly on the verge of becoming a head coach elsewhere.
The Seahawks finished with the fewest points allowed in 2012, although they did allow the ninth fewest yards.