Todd Wash and Gus Bradley have worked together on-and-off for nearly three decades.
Bradley was a graduate assistant at North Dakota State while Wash was a player. The two eventually worked together on the Bison coaching staff in 2002.
Following their coaching tenures in college football, Bradley helped bring Wash to the NFL. The two worked together with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Seattle Seahawks and the Jaguars.
Last season, Bradley promoted Wash from defensive line coach to defensive coordinator, a role the latter held onto even after his long-time partner was fired as the Jaguars' head coach.
On Sunday, the two close friends will face off against each other for the third time in their careers.
"Obviously, we've talked during the season, we talked last week during [the Chargers'] bye week but obviously we will not talk this week," Wash said Thursday. "He's got a job to do, I've got a job to do and it has nothing to do with us, it has to do with our football teams. Obviously, I wish him nothing but the best of luck in every game but this one and he feels the same way. It's the Jaguars and the Chargers that are playing each other, not us."
While Wash stuck strictly to Bradley's hybrid defense last season, he has changed some things since Doug Marrone was hired as the Jaguars' head coach this offseason.
"It's quite a bit different," Wash said. "He does a little bit more stuff on third down coverage-wise but we're different and I think it feels - you have to play to the strengths of your players and obviously we have a strong back end, a strong group up front and linebackers, so we can do a lot more things."
Wash said Bradley was one of the coaches who helped him get to where he is today as the Jaguars' defensive coordinator.
"I think he has a lot to do with [my success]," Wash said. "I think Monte Kiffen has a lot to do with it, Pete Carroll has a lot to do with it and probably the most important [influence] is our personnel department for bringing in these players. I think any trained monkey can get up and call the defenses for these guys because they're so talented. We're very, very blessed and has nothing to do with who's coaching them, it has to do with who is playing."
Lee returns to practice
Wide receiver Marqise Lee was welcomed back to practice Thursday. He was listed as a limited participant on the injury report.
Lee (knee) missed practice Wednesday due to injury. The team's leading receiver missed the first two practices of last week but still played against the Cincinnati Bengals.
He caught eight passes for 75 yards and a touchdown in Week 9.
Defensive tackle Marcell Dareus (illness) remained out of practice for the second-straight day. The Jaguars listed him as an expected participant before practice.
Dareus made his Jaguars debut against the Bengals last week.
Joining Lee and Dareus on the injury report for the second-straight day were quarterback Blake Bortles (wrist), cornerback Jalen Ramsey (groin), guards A.J. Cann (triceps) and Patrick Omameh (knee), right tackle Jermey Parnell (knee) and wide receiver Arrelious Benn (groin).
Ramsey, Cann, Omameh and Parnell were limited participants in practice. Benn and Bortles practiced in a full capacity.
More News and Notes
- The Jaguars have been using practice squad rookie Hunter Dimick as a fullback in individual drills. A former defensive end at Utah, Dimick served as a defensive lineman throughout the offseason and the preseason. This gives him another option for playing time if he were ever to be called up to the main roster.
- Offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett on the success of the Jaguars' passing attack over the last two games:
"I think it's been a compliment of opening up the passing game but even trusting Blake and the whole group a lot more and being able to find efficient plays. You always want to can a pass play because if the quarterback and everybody gets the right spots and he can get the ball to the right guy and not always force it down and get completion, it's easier to call passes. People keep forgetting this is a first-year offense. This is a completely brand new scheme and I think everybody sits there and says 'We should have never skipped a beat.' The truth is that it is brand new and we've got a couple of guys who haven't been in this system at all and a couple of rookies so they're all starting to come into their own. They're starting to under the system, understand what we want to get done and it makes everything a little bit easier on them and me."
- Wash on rookie cornerback Jalen Myrick's performance on defense against the Bengals in Week 9:
"Jalen did a nice job. He played outside - we kept [Aaron Colvin] inside - did a nice job of staying in face, keeping the ball in front of him. He's going to continue to obviously get better and better the more and more he plays."
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