Gus Bradley has finally been fired by the Jacksonville Jaguars. Apparently Sunday’s 21-20 meltdown loss to the Houston Texans was the final straw, though it’s unclear why it took so long for the franchise to make this move.
During his four seasons in charge of the Jaguars, Bradley racked up a dismal record of 14-48 and Jacksonville never won more than five games in a season under his watch. This year’s 2-12 mark is perfectly in line with the previous four seasons. Bradley was given a one-year extension this offseason following a 5-11 record in 2016. It made no sense to give him an extra year of security then and the move looks even worse in hindsight.
Bradley’s biggest failure was Jacksonville’s lack of improvement during his tenure. Franchise quarterback Blake Bortles has — if anything — regressed during his brief career and the defense (Bradley’s speciality) ranked 27th in the NFL in points allowed (26.0 per game) entering Week 15.
It was long past time for the Jaguars to make a change at the top.