The Jacksonville Jaguars fired coach Gus Bradley on Sunday after the franchise’s loss to the Houston Texans. This loss brings the Jaguars to 2-12 on the season and 14-48 during Bradley’s four years with the franchise.
The Jaguars have yet to name an interim coach but NFL Insiders expect the franchise to name assistant head coach/offensive line coach Doug Marrone to fill the spot.
Team owner Shad Khan released a statement about the decision:
“I thanked Gus Bradley today for his commitment to the Jacksonville Jaguars over the past four seasons. As anyone close to our team knows, Gus gave his staff and players literally everything he had. Our players competed for Gus and I know they have great respect for him, as do I.
“Gus also represented the Jaguars, the Jacksonville community and the NFL in nothing less than a first-class manner as our head coach. That counts for a lot. It is unfortunately evident that we must make a change. I thought it would be best to do it immediately after today’s result so Gus can step away, relax and regroup with his family during the Christmas and holiday season.
“Dave Caldwell agreed and will now be charged with exploring all options to hire the best head coach possible to lead what I feel is an extremely talented team and reward a very loyal and patient fan base in Jacksonville.”
Bradley became the Jaguars head coach back in 2013 after a successful stint as the Seahawks’ defensive coordinator. His luck didn’t last and he was never able to bring much success through his head coaching.
— Andrew Siciliano (@AndrewSiciliano) December 18, 2016
This is the second head coach to be fired this NFL season. Last week the LA Rams fired head coach Jeff Fisher.
The Jaguars will begin the search for a new head coach and some familiar names may be in the contest.