Thursday, January 17, 2013
Bradley's OC decision
By Tim Kavanagh
UPDATE: ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reports that Jacksonville has requested permission to interview Saints OC Pete Carmichael Jr. for their OC vacancy. It remains to be seen if New Orleans will allow this to take place, as they are trying to re-sign him.
The head-coaching hirings are coming in rapid fashion as the third week of the offseason (for most teams) continues. After two more were hired Wednesday -- Chip Kelly in Philly and Marc Trestman in Chicago -- that left just two of 32 NFL HC jobs open: Arizona and Jacksonville. And as of Thursday morning, we're down to just one: ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reports that Seahawks DC Gus Bradley has accepted the Jaguars' offer to become their next HC.
Back on Tuesday -- which seems years ago, given all that transpired on Wednesday -- we speculated on Bradley's potential OC if he'd been hired by the Eagles. Our list included the three OCs with whom Bradley has worked in Seattle: Greg Knapp (currently looking for work after being fired by Oakland), Jeremy Bates (the QB coach in Chicago) and Darrell Bevell. The Seahawks will work to retain Bevell (so that they don't lose both coordinators heading into 2013). The fate of Bates is unclear: though Trestman is a coach with an offensive background, he may retain Bates to work directly with QB Jay Cutler, as the two have had a productive professional relationship. As for Knapp, he's on the market, and could be a possibility.
That's just the direct connections, however, and the hire could come from anywhere. Seeing as the Jags' problems were more on the offensive side of the ball in recent seasons -- and they don't really have an answer at QB -- Bradley's choice at OC is going to be a very important one for 2013 and beyond.