Reports: Bradley, Bevell get second interviews
By Brady Henderson
The Seahawks’ offseason agenda may include replacing two of their top assistant coaches.
Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and defensive coordinator Gus Bradley are both in the running for separate head-coaching jobs, and each has reportedly earned a second interview.
Seahawks assistants Gus Bradley (front) and Darrell Bevell (left) could both land head-coaching jobs. (AP)
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported Monday that Bevell will interview for a second time with the Bears on Tuesday. Bradley, meanwhile, will have his second interview with the Eagles on Tuesday.
Bradley just completed his fourth season as Seattle’s defensive coordinator. His unit led the NFL in scoring during the regular season, allowing just 15.3 points per game.
He was one of only two assistants Pete Carroll retained when he became Seattle’s head coach, which is a reflection of how highly Bradley is regarded in coaching circles.
Former Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt and Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden are among the other candidates for the Eagles job, according to ESPN’s John Clayton.
“There’s a couple other guys that they’re going to bring back, too. But from what I’m hearing – and this thing could close in the next 24 or 48 hours – I think he [Bradley] might have a little bit of the lead,” Clayton told 710 ESPN Seattle on Monday. “I know Ken Whisenhunt interviewed today, they’re talking to Jay Gruden. But from what I heard, Gus has a very good chance to get that job in Philadelphia.”
Bradley also interviewed with the Chargers.
Bevell has been the Seahawks’ offensive coordinator the two seasons. The rapid development of rookie quarterback Russell Wilson and the strides Seattle’s passing game made in the second half of the season are likely part of Bevell’s appeal.
“They’re very deserving of the attention and the opportunity,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said of his coordinators when he joined “Brock and Salk” on Monday.
“Whether they get them or not, you never know, but Gus and Darrell have both had great years and terrific careers. That’s what happens when you do good and you have good people. We’ll do everything we can to keep them around, but sometimes it’s just their time.”
Update: Both Bradley and Bevell appear to be candidates for the Jaguars’ head-coaching job. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the team has received permission to interview Bevell and already has an interview scheduled with Bradley for later this week.