The Philadelphia Eagles were expected to have a deal made with Gus Bradley on Jan. 15. Yet despite the Eagles inviting Bradley to a second interview, they still don’t have a coach as of Jan. 16. According to Comcast SportsNet, six hours of talks at owner Jeffrey Lurie’s mansion were unproductive for the moment.
Bradley left the mansion at 10 p.m. est without landing the Eagles’ job, according to Reuben Frank. But he also alleged that Bradley was staying in Philadelphia overnight, which could signal another round of talks in the morning.
However, he also has a meeting set with the Jacksonville Jaguars on Jan. 16. If the Eagles haven’t completely won him over yet, there’s still a chance for the Jaguars or even his current Seattle Seahawks team to sweeten their offers. But with Bradley’s upcoming meetings and with the Eagles’ need to end their search, this competition will likely end quickly.
Philadelphia already lost out on the battle for Chip Kelly and Bill O’Brien, yet losing Bradley’s services would truly put it back at square one. Still, Frank alleges that sources say the Eagles want an experienced, former head coach if they can’t get Bradley. Ken Whisenhunt, Brian Billick and Lovie Smith have already been interviewed, yet popular fan choice Jon Gruden hasn’t even been contacted.
But despite what fans may wish, Bradley is clearly who the Eagles are most passionate about, if only because he landed a second interview. However, despite all the time they have spent together, it still hasn’t yielded a definitive deal. Whether it is because they are still ironing out the details, or because Bradley hasn’t actually been won over yet, is uncertain.
If Bradley truly hasn’t been convinced yet -- and is still seriously considering the much worse off Jaguars -- then maybe it isn’t meant to be. But the Eagles will probably get a better idea by the end of today, depending on whether he talks to Jacksonville or not. Regardless, Philadelphia has gotten rather used to waiting around by now.