Eagles Notes: Once on Eagles' radar, Gus Bradley recalls a call from Andy Reid

Jacksonville's Gus Bradley interviewed with the Birds in 2013.
Jacksonville's Gus Bradley interviewed with the Birds in 2013. (AP)
Posted: September 05, 2014

Gus Bradley stayed in Philadelphia on Jan. 15, 2013, after an interview with the Eagles, one day away from potentially succeeding Andy Reid as the team's head coach. If not for Chip Kelly's change of heart, Bradley likely would have been hired in Philadelphia and not by the Jacksonville Jaguars.

In fact, Reid called Bradley to talk to him about the Eagles job.

"He called me and . . . just said, 'Hey, Gus, I know you're there, I just want to tell you Philadelphia is a great place, a great organization, an unbelievable opportunity,' " Bradley said Wednesday.

Without a job offer in hand, Bradley flew from Philadelphia to Jacksonville the next morning. The interview lasted late into the afternoon. By the time Bradley checked his phone, he saw a series of missed calls from Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie.

The Eagles had hired Kelly. Bradley agreed to a deal with Jacksonville. Now Bradley is preparing to begin his second season with the Jaguars against Kelly and the Eagles.

Bradley praised Lurie and Eagles general manager Howie Roseman, but he does not sit in his office wondering what might have been.

"Not very often," the coach said. "I think maybe at the time when I was flying down to interview at Jacksonville, it crossed my mind."

Shady's lighter load

Eagles running back LeSean McCoy led the NFL with 314 carries last season. He said he would not need all those rushing attempts this season.

"I think with [Darren] Sproles here, it might change a little bit," McCoy said. "I'll be the guy with most of the load in the offense, but I don't think 300-plus carries is really needed. Sure, if a game is tight and you need to ride me, I'm the guy for it."

McCoy added that a Sproles catch for 5 yards is the same as McCoy's running for 5 yards.

Homecoming for Henne

Chad Henne will start at quarterback for the Jaguars. Henne, a native of Wyomissing, Berks County, will play his first game against the Eagles. Henne expects about 30 to 35 family members and friends to come to the game.

Henne, 29, returns to the area every summer and works out at Wilson High School in West Lawn. But even with his local connection, he was never an Eagles fan.

"It was more of the Phillies than the Eagles," Henne said. "I was a San Francisco fan, so I followed Joe Montana rather than the Eagles."

Injuries

Receiver Josh Huff (shoulder), tackle Matt Tobin (ankle), and cornerback Jaylen Watkins (hamstring) did not practice for the Eagles. Receiver Riley Cooper (ankle), running back Chris Polk (hamstring), and receiver Brad Smith (groin) were full participants in practice.

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