A couple days after reports surfaced that said Gus Bradley would be the next Eagles coach, CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora and Mike Freeman reported Thursday morning that Bradley and the Jaguars will finalize a deal today to make him Jacksonville's next coach.
ESPN first reported the hire.
Bradley, currently the Seahawks defensive coordinator, became a hot name this offseason by leading Seattle's defense to the No. 1 NFL ranking in points allowed this season (15.3) and to the No. 4 ranking in yards allowed (306.2) as the Seahawks surprisingly made it to the divisional playoff round.
Bradley is the first defensive-minded coach to be hired as a head coach this season, and though the Jaguars were woeful on offense this season, there's little question Jacksonville's defense, the 30th-ranked squad in the league, also needs major help.
Bradley had two interviews with the Eagles, and on Tuesday, the Internet seemed to believe his hiring was nearly a done deal. But then Philadelphia surprised just about everybody by hiring Oregon coach Chip Kelly.
The Chargers also had shown interest in Bradley, but ultimately he decided to go with Jacksonville. That also was a bit of a surprise, because the conventional wisdom said that when the Jaguars hired Dave Caldwell to be their next general manager, he would pursue his former college roommate and the 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman.
Of course, Roman's team is still in the playoffs while Bradley's team is out.
"[Bradley] has got a brilliant football mind," Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said last week, via ESPN.com. "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."