Gus Bradley fired after blown lead vs. Texans
The Gus Bradley era is officially over in Jacksonville. The former Jaguars head coach stuck with Blake Bortles to the bitter end, and it ultimately cost him his job. His 14-48 record was embarassing, and the offense that the 2-12 Jags displayed this season was the most disappointing in the league.
Jaguars owner Shad Khan had spoke about Bradley’s job just 2 months ago, saying no coaching change would happen. Things can change quickly, and another lost season along with dwindling attendance made it a no brainer. There has been no announcement of an interim coach, however many expect current offensive line coach Doug Marrone to get the nod for the final two games.
The Jaguars opening is the first of what could be many changes in the NFL coaching ranks, with other changes expected in Buffalo, Indianapolis, and New York (Jets). The Jaguars new head coach will come in with young talent who need a proven leader, and the name that keeps coming up is Tom Coughlin. While Coughlin has not commented on his future, many close to him believe he wants to continue his career.
The first decision Jacksonville will have to make is whether it is time to cut ties with Blake Bortles. The 3rd pick of the 2014 NFL Draft regressed this season, and Gus Bradley’s loyalty to him was his demise. We doubt any coach coming in will tie their future to the turnover prone signal caller.
With Fitzpatrick out, Blake Bortles is good bet to lead in INTs for 2nd straight yr. Vinny Testaverde ('88-'89) only QB to do that since '70
— Football Perspective (@fbgchase) December 9, 2016
Blake Bortles on having interceptions returned for touchdowns past three games against Texans: "I've gotta be a better tackler."
— Phillip Heilman (@phillip_heilman) December 14, 2016