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