The Jacksonville Jaguars have decided to part ways with head coach Gus Bradley the team announced this evening.
Bradley was 14-48 in his three-plus seasons leading the team, including a 2-12 mark this year. An interim head coach is expected to be named tomorrow, Ian Rapoport adds.
In a statement released by the organization, owner Shad Kahn stated:
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.
Leading the Jags since 2013, where he went 4-12 his first season, and 3-13 in year two, Bradley's best season came in 2015 when they finished 5-11. That failed to translate into the results the team had hoped for this season as the Jags have gone 2-12 in 2016, leading to the organization's decision to head in another direction.
Before joining the Jaguars, Bradley helped Pete Carroll build the Seattle Seahawks into one of the premier defensive teams in the NFL as the defensive coordinator from 2009-2012. Prior to that he coached the linebackers with the Buccaneers, served as the defensive coordinator at North Dakota State, where he also started his coaching career before becoming the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Fort Lewis College.
Widley regarded as one of the league's top defensive minds, and lauded by coaches and media alike for his character and personality, Bradley will have no shortage of opportunities next season as a coordinator or assistant.
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