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Jacksonville Jaguars Hire Ex-Seahawks DC Gus Bradley as New Head Coach

RENTON, WA- CIRCA 2011: In this handout image provided by the NFL, Gus Bradley of the Seattle Seahawks poses for his NFL headshot circa 2011 in Renton, Washington. (Photo by NFL via Getty Images)
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Ryan DayCorrespondent IJanuary 17, 2013

It's official, Jacksonville—your new head coach is Gus Bradley.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Jaguars made it official and poached the former defensive coordinator from the Seattle Seahawks.

Filed to ESPN: Former Seahawks DC Gus Bradley has accepted the head coaching job with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 17, 2013

And all of Jacksonville rejoiced.

Bradley, who started out in the NFL as the linebackers coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, has been leading Seattle's defense since 2009.

Many in Northeast Florida were hoping for San Francisco offensive coordinator Greg Roman to replace Mike Mularkey, who was fired less than a week ago. Who could blame them? Roman showed himself to be a creative genius on offense, innovating college football's oft-used pistol offense for the athletically gifted Colin Kaepernick.

Roman will be a head coach, what with all the vacancies this offseason, but Bradley is also someone in whom Jacksonville can place their trust.

First of all, Bradley's defense was the consummate example of "bend-but-don't-break" scheme. No one in the NFL allowed less points this season. It's the reason the Seahawks made it to the NFC Divisional game.

Bradley's also been able to squeeze every bit of performance out of under-performing players. Case in point: Chris Clemons.

In 2010, Clemons was a 28-year-old defensive end who had bounced around three different teams, recording more than four sacks just once in his five-year career. Seattle picks him up and boom! he's recorded 11.0, 11.0 and 11.5 sacks in his past three seasons.

And unlike the Jaguars, Bradley's late-round defensive picks are contributing in a big way.

Richard Sherman, a fifth-round pick out of Stanford, led the team in passes defended (24) and interceptions last year (8).

Kam Chancellor, another fifth-round pick, was second on the team with tackles (100).

K.J. Wright led the team in tackles for a loss (13).

Jacksonville fans, it's time to be happy—after David Caldwell, owner Shahid Khan is steering this franchise in the right direction and making all the right moves.

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