Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars have announced that they will hire Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley as their new head coach.
Bradley was in town yesterday interviewing for the job with owner Shad Khan and general manager David Caldwell. He also interviewed twice with the Philadelphia Eagles, but they ultimately chose Oregon's Chip Kelly as their new head coach.
Now that the Jaguars have found their new head coach, the Arizona Cardinals are the only NFL team without a head coach. There will be a total of 8 new head coaches in the NFL this coming season. At this point, Gus Bradley is the only one with a defensive background.
"It was just a matter of time before Gus Bradley became a head coach in the NFL, and the Jacksonville Jaguars are extremely fortunate that Gus will be on our sidelines for many years to come. Gus more than met every criteria we insisted on from our new head coach, and his intangibles and leadership abilities are exceptional. Gus is who the Jaguars need now and in the future," Jaguars General Manager Dave Caldwell said in a release.
San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman was believed to be the favorite to land the Jaguars job because his former college roommate Caldwell is now the general manager. Because the 49ers are still in the playoffs, the Jaguars would've had to wait until Monday at the earliest to interview Roman.
At his introductory press conference, Caldwell told Dan Hicken that when finding a new head coach, he planned to follow the Atlanta Falcons' model. The team that Caldwell came from hired former Jaguars defensive coordinator Mike Smith to be their head coach in 2008 when GM Thomas Dimitroff took over. That hire has worked out well in Atlanta where the Falcons will be hosting the 49ers in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday.
Here's a link to Bradley's bio on the Seahawks website: http://www.seahawks.com/team/coaches/casey-bradley/05921ae2-7eea-4818-a99d-8f4c976b0604
Bradley has been the Seahawks defensive coordinator for the last three seasons. Before that, he spent 3 years with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
"I am very proud to accept the offer to be the next head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars," Bradley said in a release. "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."
Bradley will be introduced at a news conference on Friday at EverBank Field.
The Seattle Seahawks moved quickly to find Bradley's replacement. University of Florida defensive coordinator Dan Quinn is leaving UF to go back to Seattle where he spent a couple years as the Seahawks defensive line coach.
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