Once the majority of head coaching vacancies around the NFL were filled, Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley was limited to only two options. Following the hiring of Chip Kelly by the Philadelphia Eagles, Bradley went to interview for the head coaching job of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
On Thursday, the Jaguars made it official hiring Bradley to become the new head coach in Jacksonville according to the Associated Press via Sporting News:
The Jacksonville Jaguars hired Seattle defensive coordinator Gus Bradley as head coach Thursday, the latest move in the team’s rebuilding project.
Along with Bradley, the Jaguars also hired general manager David Caldwell last week. Caldwell made an impression right out of the gate on the media and the Jaguars’ front office by letting it be known the team had no intentions of pursuing quarterback Tim Tebow in any capacity whether it be via trade or through free agency.
Caldwell also made it clear that the team is viewing quarterback Blaine Gabbert as the long-term option under center for Jacksonville.
As for Bradley, the emphasis will be turning the Jaguars into one of the best defensive teams in the league. Jacksonville ranked 30th in the NFL in total defense this season and needs a drastic turnaround on that side of the football in order to contend with the best of the best in the AFC moving forward.
With the Houston Texans and Indianapolis Colts being teams on the rise in the NFL, the Jaguars’ task ahead will only become more difficult in terms of competing for the AFC South division title on an annual basis.
Although the defense will get a much needed boost with the addition of Bradley, the Jaguars will also need to improve offensively. Jacksonville reached a bit of a spark offensively towards the end of the season with Chad Henne taking over under center for the injured Gabbert, but the team still finished the season with only two wins on the year.