Jaguars fire coach Gus Bradley
The Jaguars have fired coach Gus Bradley, the team announced after Sunday’s 21–20 loss to the Texans.
Bradley, 50, was in his fourth season with the Jaguars, where he finishes with a 14–48 record. He came over in 2013 from Seattle, where he served as the team’s defensive coordinator for three seasons.
Assistant head coach and offense/offensive line coordinator Doug Marrone has been named Jacksonville's interim head coach.
“As anyone close to our team knows, Gus gave his staff and players literally everything he had,” owner Shad Khan said in a statement. “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.”
Bradley’s best season came in 2015, when the team went 5–11 with sophomore quarterback Blake Bortles. Since then, Jacksonville has taken a step back on offense, ranking toward the bottom of the league in points per game.
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