I don't think it's safe. He's been out of the game for 3 years, seems to me that the other candidates either interviewed horribly, nobody wanted to go to Essendon, or the Bombers were desperate.
Hearing him speak, he's been involved in analysing the game and seeing what the trends are. He's probably better placed IMO. His brother winning a premiership probably rubbed some gloss off on him too.