Gus Bradley to meet with Jaguars

  • ESPN.com news services | January 16, 2013

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.

Bradley was in Philadelphia on Tuesday for his second interview with the Eagles. Philadelphia, however, announced Wednesday that it had hired Oregon's Chip Kelly as its new coach.

Bradley first met with the Eagles in Atlanta on Saturday, a day before Seattle lost to the Falcons in a NFC divisional playoff game. He was the first of the 11 known candidates interviewed by Philadelphia to get a second meeting. 

The Jaguars interviewed Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer on Tuesday, according to sources. Coach Mike Mularkey was fired last week after one season with the team.

The 46-year-old Bradley had emerged as a favorite among Eagles fans based mainly on an old video clip in which he rips into the Seahawks' defense during a game, screaming "Do your job!"

Bradley has received strong endorsements from Seattle coach Pete Carroll and current Cowboys defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, who worked with him in Tampa Bay from 2006-08.

"He's got a brilliant football mind," Carroll said last week. "He's got a way of reaching people and touching people and getting the best out of them, coaches and players alike. He's got everything that you're looking for."

Bradley just completed his fourth season in Seattle. His defense finished first in the NFL in points allowed (15.3), fourth in yards (306.2) and tied for fourth in takeaways (31).

Seattle's defense has improved each of the past three years and finished in the top 10 in points and yards the last two. The Eagles ranked in the top 10 in both categories in 2011 when they went 8-8. But they were 29th in points and 15th in yards this year. The defense declined after Todd Bowles replaced Juan Castillo as defensive coordinator in October.

Bradley began his NFL coaching career with Tampa Bay as a defensive quality control coach in 2006. He was the Buccaneers' linebackers coach the next two seasons before going to Seattle. Bradley coached in college from 1990-2005, including two stints at North Dakota State and four years at Fort Lewis College.

Information from ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter and The Associated Press was used in this report.

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