Gus Bradley, the former defensive coordinator for the Seattle Seahawks, has been named the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to a report Thursday morning from Adam Schefter of ESPN. He replaces Mike Mularkey, who was fired after one year with the team after they finished the season 2-14.
Bradley interviewed for nine hours earlier in the week with the Philadelphia Eagles, according to CBS Philly, and then flew to Jacksonville yesterday to talk to the Jaguars about the head coaching position. According to Schefter, Pete Carroll, Seattle's head coach, and Monte Kiffin, the Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator who worked with Bradley in Tampa Bay from 2006-08, endorsed him for the head coaching job with the Jags.
Carroll spoke to why Bradley, 46, would be suited for a head coaching position:
"He's got a brilliant football mind. He's got a way of reaching people and touching people and getting the best out of them, coaches and players alike. He's got everything that you're looking for."
Bradley is coming off his fourth season with the Seahawks, in which their defense finished first in points allowed (15.3) fourth in yards (306.2) and tied for fourth in takeaways (31). Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden, St. Louis Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer and Jaguars defensive coordinator Mel Tucker, Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrel Bevell and San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman had also been linked as possible candidates for the head coaching position in Jacksonville.