The Jacksonville Jaguars announced Sunday that they’ve officially fired HC Gus Bradley following their loss to the Texans.
- According to Adam Schefter, Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell plans to announce their interim head coach on Monday.
- Pro Football Talk reports that Jacksonville actually made the decision to fire Bradley last week, as they wanted to begin the process of searching for a new head coach. However, they didn’t want to do so with Bradley still in place.
Jaguars owner Shad Khan released the following statement regarding the decision to part ways with Bradley.
“I thanked Gus Bradley today for his commitment to the Jacksonville Jaguars over the past four seasons. As anyone close to our team knows, Gus gave his staff and players literally everything he had. Our players competed for Gus and I know they have great respect for him, as do I.
“Gus also represented the Jaguars, the Jacksonville community and the NFL in nothing less than a first-class manner as our head coach. That counts for a lot. It is unfortunately evident that we must make a change. I thought it would be best to do it immediately after today’s result so Gus can step away, relax and regroup with his family during the Christmas and holiday season.
“Dave Caldwell agreed and will now be charged with exploring all options to hire the best head coach possible to lead what I feel is an extremely talented team and reward a very loyal and patient fan base in Jacksonville.”
It was clear that unless the team took a big step forward in 2016, Bradley was likely to be out, so this shouldn’t come as aa big surprise.
Jaguars assistant HC Doug Marrone is an obviously candidate to take over as the team’s interim head coach, considering that he has NFL coaching experience and has come up regarding head-coaching vacancies in recent years.
We’re already seen a few names connected to the Jaguars’ head coaching job including Patriots OC Josh McDaniels, former HC Tom Coughlin and Buccaneers DC Mike Smith.
Bradley, 50, was hired by the Jaguars back in 2013 after he spent four years with the Seahawks. In four years with the Jaguars, Bradley produced a record of 14-47 (23 percent) and no playoff appearances. The Jaguars’ most wins under Bradley was five from last year.