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Jeff McLane has an update on the Philadelphia Eagles and Gus Bradley, the Seahawks defensive coordinator who looks to be the leading candidate for Philly's head coaching position. Bradley is flying to Philadelphia today for a second interview, and Jeff is of the belief that the Eagles may not want the day to end without Bradley's signature on a new contract:
Bradley is scheduled to land in Philadelphia around 2:30 p.m. this afternoon. He will sit down with owner Jeffrey Lurie, general manager Howie Roseman and team president Don Smolenski. Bradley also interviewed with the Chargers on Thursday, but San Diego came to terms with Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy today.
While the team has one less suitor to compete with if they indeed have set their sights solely on Bradley -- and the scuttlebutt around the NFL is that they have -- he does have another interview scheduled with the Jaguars on Wednesday.
It does get hard to know, in these situation, what's real and what's posturing. If the Eagles want Bradley and Bradley wants them, each side remains interested in getting the best possible deal. So it remains in the Eagles' best interest for reports to reflect that a deal is not imminent even if it is (since it would get the public excited that a resolution is at hand and improve Bradley's leverage in negotiations), and it remains in Bradley's best interest for reports to reflect that he's going to Jacksonville tomorrow (since it would improve the Eagles' bargaining position if they were his only suitor).
Too much smoke here for there not to be any fire, so I still think Bradley is the most likely candidate to become the Eagles' next head coach. But the next eight or nine hours are likely to tell us a lot one way or the other. Stay tuned.