Seattle defensive coordinator Gus Bradley has been named the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars where he replaces Mike Mularkey, who was fired after a season. With the Jaguars, Bradley will be working under Dave Caldwell — who was just hired as the team’s general manager. Shad Khan is the team’s new owner, having purchased the Jaguars from Wayne Weaver in 2012.
“Shad Khan and Dave Caldwell expect to win and that’s what I wanted to hear. That’s why I am coming to Jacksonville – to win a Super Bowl. I can’t wait to meet everyone in Jacksonville on Friday and get this going.”
— Gus Bradley in a statement released by Jacksonville
• Florida Times-Union
Bradley was the longest-tenured member of the Seahawks coaching staff, having been hired in 2009 by Jim Mora. Mora anticipated hiring Dan Quinn to be his defensive coordinator that year only to receive a call from Monte Kiffin — one of the deans of NFL defensive coaches — telling Mora he needed to talk to Bradley, who was a linebackers coach for the Bucs at the time. Mora did, and after 14-hour interview came away sold on Bradley as the defensive coordinator.
Bradley was one of two assistants retained by Pete Carroll when he took over.
With Bradley gone, expect Seattle’s attention to turn to Quinn, who left Seattle to become the defensive coordinator at University of Florida in 2011.
Bradley had been considered one of the top rising coordinators in the league this year, and he had interview with Philadelphia and San Diego before landing the Jacksonville job. Cornerback Richard Sherman was asked about the impact of potentially losing Bardley on Monday.
“It’d be a tough blow to lose Gus,” Sherman told The Seattle Times’ Joshua Mayers. “Obviously we have other coaches that we have to step up and to run the same thing we’ve been running, but he’s a great coach. He’s enthusiastic. He’s energetic. He’s a players’ coach. There’s not enough verbs and nouns in the dictionary to describe all the great things about Gus Bradley, but he’s a players’ coach. He’s a coach that I don’t think we’d like to lose. He keeps us positive regardless of the circumstance, the game. We could be losing by 20 like last week and he’ll keep us into it; he’ll keep us up. He’ll keep our spirits up. We could be wining the game by 20 and he’ll keep us in it, like, ‘It’s not over.’ We’ve got a lot of unfinished business to deal with, and I think he’s great. He deserves everything he’s getting, too. That why he’s getting all these head coaching (interviews) and everything, everyone’s offering him, because he’s a great coach.”